With a population of just about 8.2 million people, Switzerland is a small country located in Western – Central Europe. Despite its modest size, the country can boast unusually wide range of primacies and outstanding facts that makes this country one of the world´s very best places to live. To name a few – the country is famous for its armed neutrality (it has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815). As the birthplace of the Red Cross and home to numerous international organizations, Switzerland is frequently involved in peace-building processes around the world. Although not a member of the European Union, nor the European Economic Area, Switzerland has the highest nominal wealth per adult (financial and non-financial assets) and eighth-highest per capita gross domestic product in the world. One of the less enviable primacies is the fact that Switzerland is also the most expensive country in the world to live in but these 25 reasons will tell you why living in the country, or – at least – visiting it, absolutely pays off.
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As much as 3/5 of Switzerland is covered with the Alps and the Matterhorn is one of the iconic dominants of the mountains. With its height of 4,478 meters (14,692 feet), it is one of the highest and most spectacular peaks of the mountains and the Swiss often consider Matterhorn their national symbol.
With the Alps occupying such a significant part of the country, it is obvious that there have to be many great ski resorts. In fact, Switzerland can boast some of the best and most popular ski areas in the world. Zermatt, Davos, St. Moritz or Samnaun are among those where you will enjoy great skiing with people from all over the world.
If you are not a keen skier but still want to enjoy the breathtaking mountain panoramas, hiking is the right choice for you. There are numerous perfectly maintained hiking routes in the Swiss Alps and many of local peaks are also accessible to visitors by cable car or cog railway
If you want to see some cool historical sites or go shopping, there are many amazing cities to visit in Switzerland too and Zurich is definitely one of them. With a population of about 400,000 people, Zurich is the largest and most populous city of the country. Packed with historical buildings and astounding architecture as well as modern shopping centers and boutiques, it is a major tourist hot spot.
Low crime rate
Every year, Switzerland ranks among the very safest countries in the world. According to the Global Peace Index, it was the world´s 5th most peaceful country in 2014. Rumor has it that the locals don’t even lock their cars on the parking lots. Anyway, safety is definitely not a thing you should worry about in Switzerland.