Lausanne Facts & Figures All about Switzerland

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Switzerland in a nutshell

Switzerland is a small, landlocked country in the heart of Europe. It is wealthy, densely populated and well-known for its mountains, chocolate, cheese and watches. Swiss society is complex and organised. Although citizens don't share one linguistic or ethnic identity they are linked by a common historic background and federal system of direct democracy.

The Swiss World website is a good place to start familiarising with the basics of the country, its history and its resources.

Swiss facts and figures

  • Surrounding countries: Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein
  • Confederation founded: 1291
  • Surface area: 41,285 km² (as compared to France, which has a surface area of 640,000 km2)  
  • Cantons: 26
  • Capital city: Bern
  • Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF)
  • Population: 8 million
  • Average percentage of foreigners: 23.3 %
  • Cities with the highest percentages of foreigners: Geneva 39.4%; Basel Stadt 33.1%
  • Average population density: 198.9/km²
  • Highest population density: Basel Stadt 5033.9/km²; Geneva 1873.5/km²; Zurich 838.3/km²
  • 74% of the Swiss population lives in urban areas and half of this number live in the 5 largest cities
  • GDP 2012: CHF 592 Billion
  • Unemployment rate: 3.2 % (2013)
  • Average life expectancy: women: 84; men: 80

Source: Swiss Federal Statistical Office

Languages in Switzerland

Switzerland has four national languages, German, French, Italian and Romansh. Almost two-thirds of the population speak Swiss-German, a regionally spoken Alemannic dialect. High German is the written language and the medium of instruction in schools. Around 22.6% of the population speak French, and 8.34% Italian. Only 0.5% speak Romansh. Other spoken languages include Serbo-Croatian, Albanian, Portuguese, Spanish, English and Turkish. 

 

 

 

Source: Swiss Federal Statistical Office

Lausanne general information

Lausanne is located on the shores of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) and is Canton Vaud's capital. With close to 130'000 inhabitants, it is the fourth largest city in Switzerland. Temperatures in Lausanne range from 25 °C in summer to -2 °C in winter.

Lausanne is home to the Olympic headquarters and museum, giving it the title of world Olympic capital. The surrounding vineyards invite wine connoisseurs to explore. The artistic Flon neighbourhood, old town and Ouchy are noteworthy attractions. There are also numerous museums, art galleries, and day trips to take advantage of in the area. Places worth visiting include Nyon, Morges, Vevey and Montreux, Chillon castle and the Charlie Chaplin monument. Read more about these options in the articles Enjoying Lausanne and Entertainment, News & Media in Lausanne

 

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Author: François Enzler

After more than 10 years’ experience in relocation in Switzerland, François is now heading the Packimpex Academy which provides over 30 different training courses specific to the needs of the relocation industry. His experience of the daily challenges faced by relocation consultants flows directly into the training courses designed and led by the Packimpex Academy.

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  • 7/8/13 5:06 PM

    The railway line between Bern and Lausanne is supposed to be one of the most beautiful railway lines in Switzerland. Of course I checked it out and I can tell you: the scenery is gorgeous. Take a seat on the left side!

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