Facts & FiguresPopulation: approx. 131,702, agglomeration 350,000
Religion: Protestant 49% / Roman Catholic 25%
Federal capital: since 1848
Location: (Old Observatory (ground zero for Swiss national survey) Latitude: 46° 57' 12.7" N, longitude: 7° 25', 43.1" E of Greenwich.
Altitude at city center: 542 m (min. 481 m, max. 675 m ASL)
Municipal area: 52 km2, about a third of which is public park and woods. Agglomeration 184 km2.
ClimateCentral European continental climate.
Average temperature range:
in spring 4–12 °C
in summer 16 °C
in autumn 8–12 °C
in winter -1.5–+3 °C
Summer & Winter time:
Summer time begins on the last: Sunday in March
Winter time begins on the last: Sunday in October
HolidaysThe following are public holidays throughout Switzerland:
* Christmas, incl. December 26
* New Year’s Day
* Saint Berchtold’s Day (January 2)
* Good Friday
* Easter incl. Easter Monday
* Ascension Day
* Whit Sunday and Monday
* August 1st, Swiss National Day
Electricity and plugsCurrent throughout Switzerland is supplied at 230 volts. Type C (euro plug, two-pin) plugs and type J (three-pin) plugs are used. The type F (“Schuko”) plugs widely used in Europe cannot be used without an adapter.
Dialing codesThe national dialing code for Switzerland is +41. The following 0 is omitted. Dialing codes from Switzerland are as follows:
|Germany: 0049||France: 0033||Italy: 00390|
|Japan: 0081||Netherlands: 0031||Austria: 0043|
|USA: 001||UK: 0044|