Ten fascinating facts about Switzerland
Here are ten facts that show how special Switzerland really is
2. The country is mostly powered by water
With more than 1,500 lakes dotted around Switzerland, the country has really used its natural resources to its advantage.
As of 2008, Switzerland generates 56% of its national power through hydroelectricity and a further 39% through nuclear power plants. That means fossil fuel is consumed much less in Switzerland than other nations, accounting for less than 5%. Compare that to the United States which runs on 41% coal and 25% natural gas, or China which runs on 69% coal.
3. High rate of recycling
In 2010, the country recycled 94% of its glass, 91% of its aluminium, 85% of its paper and cardboard, 80% of its PET plastic, and 69% of its batteries.
4. Hiking signposts everywhere
5. Carbon-free rail network
6. You're not allowed to have just one guinea pig
Because of this law, a rent-a-guinea-pig service has popped up in Zurich to provide companionships to other rodents that may find themselves alone after a partner's death.
8. Second highest life expectancy
Although the exact number of military bunkers is not known, a common estimate is that there are around 20,000 bunkers dotted around Switzerland to thwart any oncoming army.
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10. Its main export isn't the cuckoo clock
It's actually chemicals that account for 40.2% of Switzerland's export. The items that the Swiss are famous for, such as clocks, watches and jewelleries, are the country's second most exported products.
The EU is Switzerland's largest trading partner, with 56% of the country's export being sold in the European Union.
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