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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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There are very little things to worry about when it comes to travel health in Switzerland, but here are a few things to be prepared for on your trip.
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Spent a week in Switzerland and loved every minute, the people were very helpful with directions and an absolute joy to chat with, America can learn a few things from the Swedish.
Switzerland is a beautiful place to go to, and full of delicious treats!!!!!
The Swiss, not the Swedish!!!
Don't really know why Switzerland has a bad reputation when it comes to the people, every person I've talked to or asked something to, responds in the nicest way possible and always with a smile, anyone here is always willing to help. And the jaywalking one, I always see people doing this ???? weird
Typical American, spent a week in Switzerland and still thought the locals were Swedish.
I heard that you cant was your car in Switzerland, its against the law.
Hi, This sounds like heaven. I wish to be somewhere where party in woodland instead of outside making noise at all hours also where deal with drug taking etc etc Will be checking out for sure.
Switzerland is a very nice place. People response others wellness. It's great.
Is it lgbtq safe tho? I'm bi and I wanna make sure I don't get attached to anyne there and have it be illegal to fall in love with them?
Life is good in Switzerland. The country offers wonderful landscapes and beautiful villages in a small area. The article here brings some clichés to life, which I as a Swiss like to comment on. Yes, we treat each other with respect. On Sunday we actually do without mowing the lawn. After all, this is a day of rest, but many people use it today for sports activities and excursions. However, I also use the day to do laundry - my washing machine is quiet :-) If it wasn't, I would only wash on weekdays. I rarely carry an identity card with me. The law does not require it either. Only when I drive a car, I have to carry my driver's license with me. I've never had to show it. And the police has never asked for my identity card. Although there is not a lot of policemen in this country, they are there when you need them. In which country is it allowed to cross the street on red light? We Swiss sometimes do it anyway when there is little point in waiting. And no, the police don't check if you hang your laundry up properly. Neither do I need to clear the neighbors' garden path, but of course I am allowed to offer my help, aren't I? So, enjoy your stay here, take your time, spend some days at the same spot and let the impressions work on you.
Switzerland has great laws and restrictions. Respect your fellow man and country. Something now very forgotten in the USA. After C19 is over I wish to return for a long time awaited vacation in Saanenland
It is not mandatory to carry identification with you in Switzerland. Get your sources in check.