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CENTRAL
Switzerland
DEMONYMS: Swiss, European
Central is a geographical region within Switzerland. Switzerland is part of the Western Europe region in the continent of Europe. Switzerland is also known as the Land of Milk and Honey. It is in the Northern hemisphere and is 41.3 thousand square kilometres in size. The primary languages spoken are German, French, Italian and Romansh; the capital city is Bern and the main currency used is the Swiss Franc. Central, which has a total area of 4.5 thousand square kilometres and is comprised of 6 sub-regions, including Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz, Uri, Zug.
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Geographical Region
ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
Switzerland
COUNTRY

Geography

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REGIONAL / STATE CAPITAL

Lucerne

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COUNTRY

Switzerland

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REGION

Western Europe

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CONTINENT

Europe

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HEMISPHERE

Northern

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AREA

4484

(square kilometers)

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STATES | PROVINCES | COUNTIES

Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz, Uri, Zug

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NOTIFICATIONS

LAST UPDATED:  April 25, 2023
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  • There are currently no known issues or armed conflicts taking place within this country. It is advised that you consult your country's foreign or overseas department before you travel. Your government's ministry will provide you with the latest information and guidance as to whether it is safe to travel to this country (or to parts of it)
  • The country has some or many progressive laws, and the LGBGTQIA+ community living and visiting have equal rights in many areas. Generally, it is likely safe to travel in cities; however, some discretion may be required in rural or less populated areas. It is always recommended that you carry out independent research before travelling
  • GENDER IDENTITY/EXPRESSION | The country has some laws in place regarding gender identity and expression
  • LGBTQIA+ ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS | This country has laws in place that bans all forms of discrimination. Laws that protect those community members living or visiting from discrimination
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Government

| INFORMATION

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SWITZERLAND
FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
eidgenössisches departement für auswärtige angelegenheiten | département fédéral des affaires étrangères | dipartimento federale degli affari esteri | departament federal d’affars exteriurs
The foreign office or ministry is typically a department within a government that focuses on promoting that particular country and what it represents worldwide. The department will often highlight national security, travel restrictions, visa requirements and all relevant foreign policies
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SWITZERLAND
FEDERAL OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
bundesamt für gesundheit | office fédéral de la santé publique | ufficio federale della sanità pubblica | uffizi federal da sanadad publica
The health office or ministry is typically a department or organisation within a government that focuses on all things relating to health. The department will often highlight travel restrictions, vaccination requirements, pandemics, outbreaks, and relevant health-related information
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  USEFUL PHRASES | GREETINGS

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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GREETINGS
gruß | salutation | saluto | ciao / tgau / allegra
HI
hallo | salut | ciao | ciao / tgau / allegra
HOW ARE YOU?
wie geht es dir? | comment allez-vous? | come stai? | co vai?
GOOD MORNING
guten morgen | bonjour | buongiorno | bien di / bun di
I'M GOOD, AND YOU?
mir geht es gut und dir? | je vais bien et toi? | sto bene, e tu? | -
GOOD AFTERNOON
guten tag | bonne après-midi | buon pomeriggio | buna sera / buna saira
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
wie heißen sie? | quel est ton nom? | come ti chiami? | co haveis vus num?
GOOD NIGHT
gute nacht | bonne nuit | buona notte | buna sera / buna saira / buna notg
MY NAME IS…
ich heiße ... | je m'appelle ... | il mio nome è ... | jeu hai num
WELCOME
herzlich willkommen | bienvenue | benvenuto | bainvegni
NICE TO MEET YOU
schön dich zu treffen | ravi de vous rencontrer | piacere di conoscerti | fa plaschair
GOODBYE
auf wiedersehen | au revoir | addio | chau / sin seveser / a revair / a pli tard
DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?
sprichst du englisch? | parlez vous anglais? | parli inglese? | discurras ti englais?

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EMERGENCY CONTACTS

German | French | Italian | Romansh
Official Language(s) spoken in Switzerland
The emergency service numbers within Switzerland to call during an emergency
  • AMBULANCE - when someone is seriously ill or injured, and their life is at risk (emergency medical services and technical rescue)
  • POLICE - when you feel in danger, are in dangerous situations or have witnessed a crime (law enforcement, criminal investigation, and maintenance of public order)
  • FIRE RESCUE - when a fire occurs or where a person needs rescue (fire suppression, technical rescue, and hazardous materials mitigation)


Ambulance
AMBULANCE
krankenwagen (german) | ambulance (french) | ambulanza (italian) | ambulanza (romansh)

dial
112

Call Ambulance Service Now

Police
POLICE
polizei (german) | police (french) | polizia (italian) | polizia (romansh)

dial
112

Call Police Now

Fire
FIRE
feuer (german) | feu (french) | fuoco (italian) | fieu (romansh)

dial
112

Call Fire Service Now


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  USEFUL PHRASES | EMERGENCY

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EMERGENCY
notfall | urgence | emergenza | cas urgent
HELP ME
hilf mir | aidez moi | aiutami | -
WHERE IS THE NEAREST HOSPITAL?
wo ist das nächste krankenhaus? | où est l'hôpital le plus proche? | dov'è l'ospedale più vicino? | -
STOP
halt | arrêtez | stop | ceder
WHERE IS THE NEAREST PHARMACY?
wo ist die nächste apotheke? | où est la pharmacie la plus proche? | dove si trova la farmacia più vicina? | -
HOSPITAL
krankenhaus | hôpital | ospedale | clinica
WHERE IS THE POLICE STATION?
wo ist die polizei station? | ou est la station de police? | dov'è la stazione di polizia? | -
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USEFUL INFORMATION

TELEPHONE DIALLING CODE

41

INTERNET SUFFIX

.ch

LANGUAGES

German, French, Italian, Romansh

CURRENCY

NAME:
Swiss Franc
SYM:
CHF
DIVISION:
100 rappen/centimes

ELECTRICITY

VOLTS:
230
HERTZ:
50

ELECTRICAL PLUGS

NUMBER OF PLUG TYPES:
2
PLUGS USED:
Electricity Plug C Electricity Plug J

AREA CODES

41

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CLIMATE

Lucerne

Weather information

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MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
The average monthly temperatures are based on the recorded daily highs and lows for the given location
HIGH
The daily high temperatures are an average, based on the recorded high temperatures over many years
01| JAN
4.1°C | 39.4°F
02| FEB
5.1°C | 41.1°F
03| MAR
10.7°C | 51.2°F
04| APR
15.8°C | 60.5°F
05| MAY
19.4°C | 66.9°F
06| JUN
23.5°C | 74.3°F
07| JUL
25.1°C | 77.1°F
08| AUG
24.2°C | 75.5°F
09| SEP
19.8°C | 67.7°F
10| OCT
14.5°C | 58.1°F
11| NOV
8.7°C | 47.6°F
12| DEC
4.4°C | 39.9°F
LOW
The daily low temperatures are an average, based on the recorded lowest temperatures over many years
01| JAN
-1.4°C | 29.4°F
02| FEB
-1.7°C | 29.0°F
03| MAR
1.4°C | 34.5°F
04| APR
5.3°C | 41.6°F
05| MAY
9.3°C | 48.8°F
06| JUN
13.4°C | 56.1°F
07| JUL
14.8°C | 58.7°F
08| AUG
14.3°C | 57.8°F
09| SEP
11.1°C | 52.0°F
10| OCT
7.1°C | 44.8°F
11| NOV
2.6°C | 36.7°F
12| DEC
-0.8°C | 30.6°F
SEASONS
Saisons (fr) | Jahreszeiten (de) | Estaciones (es) | Stagioni (it) | Seizoen (du) | Estação (pt)
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Spring SeasonSPRING
Printemps (fr) | Frühling (de) | Primavera (es) | Primavera (it) | Lente (du) | Primavera (pt)
March-May
Summer SeasonSUMMER
Été (fr) | Sommer (de) | Verano (es) | Estate (it) | Zomer (du) | Verão (pt)
June-August
Autumn SeasonAUTUMN
Automne (fr) | Herbst (de) | Otoño (es) | Autunno (it) | Herfst (du) | Outono (pt)
September-November
Winter SeasonWINTER
Hiver (fr) | Winter (de) | Invierno (es) | Inverno (it) | Winter (du) | Inverno (pt)
November-February
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  USEFUL PHRASES | INSTRUCTIONS

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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INSTRUCTIONS
YES
ja | oui | sì | bagn
EXCUSE ME
entschuldigen sie | excusez-moi | scusami | perdunai
NO
nein | non | no | na
PLEASE
bitte | s'il vous plaît | per favore | per plaschair
NO, THANK YOU
nein, danke | non, merci | no, grazie | -
SORRY
es tut uns leid | pardon | scusa | i ma displacha
MAYBE
könnte sein | peut être | può essere | -
THANK YOU
vielen dank | je vous remercie | grazie | grazia

TIMEZONE

LAST UPDATED:  May 24,2024

TIMEZONE

UTC+1 (Europe/Zurich)

DST APPLIES

Yes
  DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME (DST)
2024
STARTS
Mar 31, 2024
ENDS
Oct 27, 2024
2025
STARTS
Mar 30, 2025
ENDS
Oct 26, 2025

DST ADJUSTMENT

Forward one hour

DST TIMEZONE

UTC+2 (Europe/Zurich)

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TRAVEL RELATED

AIRPORT STATISTICS

TOTAL NUMBER OF AIRPORTS

1
TOTAL NUMBER OF HELIPORTS

0
TOTAL NUMBER OF SEAPLANE BASES

0

DRIVING

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DRIVE ON WHICH SIDE
Right
INTERNATIONAL DRIVING LICENCE REQUIRED
Required for all non-EU residents.
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  USEFUL PHRASES | DIRECTIONS & GUIDANCE

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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DIRECTIONS AND GUIDANCE
anweisungen und anleitungen | directions et conseils | indicazioni e guida | -
HOW DO I GET THERE?
wie komme ich dort hin? | comment puis-je y arriver? | come posso arrivare? | -
HOW MUCH IS THAT?
wie viel ist das? | combien cela coûte-t-il? | quant'è? | con cuosta quei?
HOW FAR IS IT?
wie weit ist es? | a quelle distance est-ce? | quanto è lontano? | -
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
akzeptieren sie kreditkarten? | acceptez-vous les cartes de crédit? | accettate carte di credito? | -
WHERE IS THE BATHROOM?
wo ist die toilette? | où se trouvent les toilettes? | dov'è il bagno? | nua è tualetta?
I'M NOT INTERESTED
das interessiert mich nicht | ça ne m'intéresse pas | non mi interessa | -
WHERE IS THE CLOSEST RESTAURANT?
wo ist das nächste restaurant? | où est le restaurant le plus proche? | dove si trova il ristorante più vicino? | -
I DON'T UNDERSTAND
ich verstehe nicht | je ne comprends pas | non capisco | jau na chapesch betg
HOW MUCH DO I OWE YOU?
wie viel schulde ich dir? | combien je te dois? | quanto le devo? | -

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Lesbian
lesben (german) | lesbienne (french) | lesbica (italian) | lesbica (romansh)
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Gay
schwul (german) | gay (french) | gay (italian) | gay (romansh)
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Bisexual
bisexuell (german) | bisexuel (french) | bisessuale (italian) | bisessuale (romansh)
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Transgender
transgender (german) | transgenres (french) | transgender (italian) | transgender (romansh)
Intersex Flag
Intersex
intersex (german) | intersexe (french) | intersex (italian) | intersessualità (romansh)
Asexual Flag
Asexual
asexuell (german) | asexué (french) | asessuale (italian) | asessuale (romansh)
Questioning Flag
Questioning
befragung (german) | interrogatoire (french) | interrogare (italian) | domanda (romansh)
Community Flag
Community
gemeinschaft (german) | communauté (french) | comunità (italian) | comunità (romansh)
Gender Flag
Gender
geschlechtsspezifisch (german) | lié au genre (french) | relativo al sesso (italian) | relativo al genere (romansh)
Sexuality Flag
Sexuality
sexualität im zusammenhang (german) | relatif à la sexualité (french) | relativo alla sessualità (italian) | sessualità correlata (romansh)
Non-Bingary Flag
Non-Binary
nicht binär (german) | non binaire (french) | non binario (italian) | non binario (romansh)
Queer Flag
Queer
komisch (german) | queer (french) | queer (italian) | queer (romansh)
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