ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

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Population: About 8 million


Major Religions: Christianity


Capital City: Bern


Largest City: Zurich


Legal System: Confederation


Time: GMT +1. (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October.)


Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin, rounded plugs are used.


Currency: Swiss franc (CHF), divided into 100 rappen (German), also known as centimes (French).


Main Languages: Switzerland has four official languages: Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansch


Emergency Numbers: 117 (police), 144 (ambulance), 118 (fire)


Internet TLD: .ch


Drives on the: Right


Tipping: Round up to about 5 percent in restaurants and taxis for good service, or 15 percent at hair salons.


International Dialing Code: +41 plus relevant city code.