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5 Signs that Switzerland is Indeed a Small Country

Switzerland is a very small country. Not as small as tiny Luxembourg or Liechtenstein but still very small. Especially, if you compare it's size to countries outside of Europe. In fact, Switzerland would fit over 200 times into Canada or the US.

Even in every day life, the small size of Switzerland is sometimes noticeable. I've found 5 signs that Switzerland is indeed a very small country:
Postal codes are made of four ciphers only and go from 1000 in Geneva to the 9000s in St. Gallen. There is one system of postal codes for the whole country (and not one for each state or province!).Driving from Germany to Italy (north to south) through Switzerland takes about 3 hours, driving from France to Austra (west to east) through Switzerland takes approx. 4 hours. If you want to drive more than that in one piece, you'll have to start driving in circles.Pretty much everyone living in Switzerland has been to the five largest cities of the country: Zurich, Basel, Geneva, Lausanne and…

Swiss Coffee

Fall is here and the temperatures are dropping. When the leaves turn golden and red it's time to start cuddling up inside and drinking hot beverages again. We'll drink tea and coffee not only to wake us up in the morning but the keep us warm also.

Switzerland is one of the countries with the highest coffee consumption per capita in the world. Thus, it is no surprise that the Swiss created a variety of ways to prepare and drink their coffee. Other than regular black coffee, espresso and cappuccino that are known all over the world the Swiss like to drink their coffee in the following varieties:
Café crème: coffee with creamCafé mélange: coffee with whipped cream; usually the whipped cream is served separatelySchale: literally this means "cup" or "bowl", coffee with milkLuzerner Kafi or Kafi Luz: coffee with Schnaps (grog, hard liquor) and sugar; this is a popular drink for Après Ski (i.e. the going for a drink after spending a day skiing)Kafi Träsch: a lighte…