Key Facts and Figures

Essential basics and useful websites for planning a move to Switzerland…

Formal Name Swiss Confederation
Capital Bern
Main Cities Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lausanne
Official Language German, French, Italian, Romansch
Currency Swiss francs (CHF)
Dialling Code +41
Emergency numbers 117, 118 and 144
Time Zone CET (UTC + 1)
Daylight Savings Time Last Sunday in March (clocks go forward by an hour) through to the last Sunday in October (clocks go back by an hour).
Units of Measure Metric System
Electricity 230 volts AC; frequency of 50 hertz
Government Formally a confederation but similar in structure to a federal republic
Population 7,639,961 (July 2011 est.)
Climate Temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers
Land Surface 39,99 sq km
Coastline 0 km (landlocked)
Swiss Flag Swiss flag


Useful Web References

  • Swiss Government website 
  • The official Swiss Tourism website
  • The official European Union website with comprehensive information on living in the European Union (EU): EUROPA