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Switzerland is one of the safest countries to travel to in Europe, despite a few minor scams and pickpockets, nd there's generally nothing to worry about when it comes to crime and your safety.
In each Swiss canton (state) there are different traditions and ways of doing things, and the mountain villages all have a unique set of rules. Similar to the way laws differ between states in the USA, and even Australia.
Swiss law states general things that each of the cantons must follow, but each canton might do things a little differently.
For a neutral country, it takes security pretty seriously, and you'd be well advised to be respectful of that. Citizens and visitors in Switzerland must carry identification at all times. If you are stopped without valid identification (a driver's license or photocopy of your passport), you could be taken in for questioning by police.
Switzerland still has National Service in the armed forces, where each able-bodied Swiss man has to spend time each year in a training camp that forms part of the military. Soldiers must keep a gun in their home, which is a part of the military framework in readiness for potential conflict.
During the Cold War, Switzerland declared that each house must have a nuclear fallout shelter. These are still around, and each citizen has a list of emergency items that must be kept in the home at all times in readiness for a civil emergency.
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