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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:
  1. 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!).
  2. 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.
  3. Pretty much everyone living in Switzerland has been to the five largest cities of the country: Zurich, Basel, Geneva, Lausanne and Berne. None of which have more than 400'000 inhabitants. 
  4. When a Swiss person has to drive 2 hours to go visit friends or family it is considered a LONG journey and often avoided. 
  5. Most people who drive in Switzerland have driven on all highways in Switzerland. No surprise as there are only 16 federally maintained highways and about a dozen cantonal ones.

Switzerland (blue) compared to Canada (red)




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  1. Points 2, 4 and 5 sounds a lot like Singapore. :D

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