Sunday, September 18, 2016

14 more Swiss fun facts

1.) The Rolex Company invented the first waterproof watch in Switzerland in 1927.

2.) The global watch industry is dominated by few countries, mainly Switzerland and China. China is the world’s top watch producer in terms of unit volume, but 99% are inexpensive, quartz watches. In the luxury segment Switzerland enjoys a near-monopoly position.

3.) Famous Swiss cheese products are Gruyere, Emmental and Appenzeller.

4.) Gruyère cheese comes from a village in Switzerland called Gruyères. There are allegedly 75 different Alpine scents in the cheese, including vanilla, orchid, violet, chestnut, mint, wood shavings, hazelnuts and fresh grass among them. Two-thirds of Gruyère production is consumed in Switzerland; the European Union and North America eat the rest.

5.) Dalai Lama owns the smallest vineyard in the world, which is located in Switzerland. It consists of only three vines and has an area of 1.67 square meters.

6.) In Switzerland, there are more banks then dentists.

7. ) The first ever youth hostel, established to protect the travelers from bandits, has been operating in the Swiss Alps for nearly 1'200 years.

8.) Teaching is one of the highest paid occupation with the most vacation time: 12 weeks!

9.) Swiss businessman Jean-Henri Dunant also known as Henry Dunant was the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross, received the very first Nobel Peace Prize in 1901.

10.) Swiss mailboxes have two slots – one for letters, and one for packages.

11.) In Switzerland, it is permissible to lease a cow, and during the duration of the lease, you get to keep all the cheese that is made from that cow’s milk.

12.) In Switzerland, it is illegal to keep just one guinea pig; they must be kept in pairs.

13.) The world’s largest meringue was baked in 1985 in Frutal, Switzerland. It consisted of 2500 eggs and 120 kg of sugar, and it had to be baked in specially adapted sauna and was then served with 80 liters of cream. It was polished off by locals in less than 3 hours.

14.) Charlie Chaplin’s corpse was stolen by a small group of Swiss mechanics in an attempt to extort money from his family. After retrieving his body, he was reburied under 1.8 meters of concrete to prevent further attempts.

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