Health

Emergency telephone numbers
  • Medical emergency: 144
  • Police: 117
  • Fire dept: 118
Vaccines

Compulsory vaccinations: none
Recommended vaccinations: hepatitis B, tetanus-diphtheria, chickenpox and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

Health risks

No problem

Quality of public medical facilities
good
Tap water
safe to drink

Practical information

Capital
Berne
Major towns and cities
Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lausanne, Berne
Official languages
German, French, Italian, Romansh
GDP
541,827 million Swiss francs
Population
7.7 million
Area
41 284 km²
Currency

Swiss franc (CHF)
Check the exchange rate

Time zone
UTC +1  (summer +2)
Country code
+41 +area code +number of the person you are calling
International airport

Zurich (ZRH), Geneva (GVA) and Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (BSL)

Tourism & local way of life

Public holidays

February:  Carnival of Basel
July: Montreux Jazz Festival
End of October: Lugano Autumn Festival
6 December: Fun Run "Course de l'escalade" in Geneva

Climate
Highly variable depending on altitude and exposure.
Best time to visit
May to September for summer tourism - November to April for skiing and winter sports
Best places to visit

Bad Ragaz
Chillon Castle
Franches Montagnes
Geneva
Gletschegarten in Lucerne
Graubünden
Grindelwald
Lake Thun
Neuchâtel
Schaffhausen
Skiing in Zermatt
Zurich

Housing
between €390 and €566 /month for a studio apartment in Geneva

Partenaires

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