Switzerland Multiple Choice

How well do you know Switzerland? Answer these easy and tricky questions!
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Last updated: January 22, 2019
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1. How many countries border Switzerland?
4
3
6
5
There are 5; Austria, France, Germany, Italy and little Liechtenstein
2. What is the official capital of Switzerland?
Bern
Zürich
none
Geneva
In fact, Switzerland does not have a capital!
Bern is only a "federal city", sometimes referred to as a de facto capital
3. What is the southernmost canton of Switzerland?
Valais
Ticino
Geneva
Graubünden
4. What was Switzerland's position during both World Wars?
neutral
part of the Allies
part of the Axis / Central Powers
5. Which of the following companies is a Swiss one?
Swatch
all of them
Nestlé
Novartis
Nestlé is headquartered in Vevey, Novartis in Basel and Swatch in Biel/Bienne
6. What is the most commonly spoken non-official language in Switzerland?
Spanish
Serbo-Croatian
English
Albanian
English 5.4%, Albanian 2.7%, Serbo-Croatian 2.3%, Spanish 2.3%
7. What is the top-level domain of Switzerland?
.su
.ch
.sw
.sz
"ch" is an abbreviation for Confoederatio Helvetica (Latin for Swiss Confederation)
8. Which famous village is situated on the foot of the Matterhorn?
Zermatt
Davos
St. Moritz
Saas-Fee
9. Which of the following words is a common Swiss name?
Beat
Lose
Hit
Undo
It's pronounced bey-ah-t
10. The most successful Swiss ice hockey club hails from ... ?
Bern
Zürich
Davos
Lugano
It's the Hockey Club Davos, holding 31 titles
11. When did Switzerland get its independence?
1291 (Rütlischwur)
1648 (Peace of Westphalia)
1815 (Congress of Vienna)
1848 (Foundation of the Swiss Confederation)
Tricky! 1291 was just a judical oath and in 1815/1848, Switzerland already existed
12. Which of the following statements is true?
All of them
Although we are landlocked, we do have a merchant navy
Although every fourth person has a gun, we had a one mass shooting since 1980
Although we have the densest railway network,
it remains to this day the most punctual one
All of them are true. Fun fact: it is part of Swiss culture to rant about trains
when they're arriving one minute later than expected
13. Who is the national personification of Switzerland?
Heidi
Wilhelm Tell
Helvetia
Marianne
14. What is the national airline of Switzerland?
Swiss
Helvetic Airways
Swissair
Edelweiss Air
15. Which of the following special records do we hold?
Highest percentage of smartphone users at nearly 74%
Longest road tunnel outside Asia
Most-attended ice hockey league outside North America
First to win the Eurovision Song Contest twice
It's the National League (c. 6,700 spectators), coming second after the NHL
16. Which of the following cities is located in Switzerland?
Verbier
Évian-les-Bains
Cortina d'Ampezzo
Schaan
Évian is French, Cortina is Italian and Schaan is in Liechtenstein
17. Which of the following dishes does not necessarily require cheese?
Rösti
Raclette
Fondue
Malakoff
Rösti is made out of potatoes
18. Who is the most successful Swiss tennis player of all time?
Roger Federer
Martina Hingis
Stan Wawrinka
Boris Becker
20 Grand Slams!
19. What is our relation towards the EU?
We never held a EU membership referendum
We aren't part of it, but participate in the European Economic Area (EEA)
We rejected a EU membership by 50.3% of the votes back in 1992
An upcoming referendum in 2020 has good chances of being approved
We never voted about joining the EU. We refused the EEA membership in 1992. As of 2018, only 3% have a favourable view towards the European Union. No referendum is planned.
20. As of 2019, how many years have passed since the last war took place on Swiss ground?
74 years
126 years
172 years
204 years
It was the Sonderbund War of 1847, basically Protestants vs. Catholics
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Level 73
Jun 27, 2020
A pretty hard quiz for non Swiss people, with some obscure trivia and some traps designed for people having a rather extensive knowledge about the country (especially in my opinion "Which famous village is situated on the foot of the Matterhorn?", with two places very close to each other that can create doubt even though the answer is obvious). Very nice quiz, kudos to you!