SPOTLIGHT ON

SWITZERLAND


How much do you know about Switzerland? Answer the questions and then check your answers by reading the text below.

1. Switzerland is in _____.
2. The population of Switzerland is _____.
3. Swiss people have a life expectancy of _____.
4. The official language of Switzerland: _____.

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Switzerland is in central Europe. It is a mountainous country with many large lakes.

It shares borders with Austria, France, Italy, and Germany. There are four official languages; German, French, Italian and Romansch. Switzerland became independent in 1291.

The population is 7.5 million. A person born in Switzerland today has a life expectancy of 80 years and 4 months. Switzerland has a literacy rate of 99 per cent. Like many of its European neighbours, it suffers from problems with air and water pollution and acid rain.

Swiss people have a reputation for being attentive. Many will remember practically everything you say! Popular topics of conversation are world affairs, travel and winter sports. It is not a good idea to ask people about their age or their job. Italian Swiss are often more open and easy-going than the French or German Swiss. If you are invited to their homes, you should arrive 15 minutes late in the German areas and up to 30 minutes late in the French and Italian speaking areas.

People usually shake hands when they meet. Be sure to say grüezi in the German areas, bonjour in the French areas and buon giorno in the Italian areas.

ANSWERS
1. Europe.
2. 7.5 million.
3. 80 years.
4.There are 4 official languages: French, German, Italian and Romansch.