Switzerland Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Switzerland?
Quiz by alberici
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Last updated: October 9, 2018
First submittedJuly 17, 2013
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Clue
Answer
Capital city
Bern
Largest city
Zurich
Official languages
German
French
Italian
Romansh
Biggest lake
Lake Geneva
Famous mountain near Zermatt
Matterhorn
Legendary figure who shot an apple
from his son's head
William Tell
Alpine singing form
Yodeling
Switzerland is subdivided into
26 of these
Cantons
Longest river
Rhine
Clue
Answer
Major watchmakers
Omega
Rolex
Most famous tennis player
Roger Federer
Top food producer
Nestlé
Currency
Franc
Philosopher who influenced the
French Revolution
Jean-Jacques
Rousseau
Olympic host city
St. Moritz
Olympic headquarters city
Lausanne
Largest banks
UBS
Credit Suisse
Stereotypical clock with a bird inside
Cuckoo clock
Fictional woman
who personifies Switzerland
Helvetia
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Level 48
Oct 7, 2013
Actually cuckoo clocks are from germany (black forrest to be precise).
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Level 73
Oct 7, 2013
Nevertheless it is a Swiss icon. And I think more people would consider it Swiss than German.
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Level 48
Oct 8, 2013
Yeah, believe me, I'm Swiss. Cuckoo clocks are definitely German. They're not even near to be a Swiss Icon. If you want an icon that's really Swiss take the Swiss army knife or the Toblerone Chocolate or Swatch watches. And my German coworker says the same.
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Level 80
Oct 8, 2013
yeah I was thinking the same thing re: army knives as more representative than cuckoo clocks. When I think of cuckoo clocks I think of really elaborate ones with little wooden dolls dancing around the bottom in leiderhosen and blonde pigtails.
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Level 73
Oct 11, 2013
Paternity of Cuckoo clocks is generally and correctly attributed to Black Forest Germany. However, having travelled around the world and being Swiss, I more often saw associated, even if by mistake, the Cuckoo clock to Switzerland rather than Germany. Scores of shopkeepers in Helvetia make a living out of this misunderstanding. Even Orson Welles did that in the 3rd man! And by the statistics most of the people can easily answer the question anyhow!
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Level 76
May 14, 2020
Hey, speaking of Swatch, should that not be accepted for the watchmaker question?
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Level 44
Jul 6, 2020
Yes. Rolex and Omega are the top two brands by revenue of Swiss watches, but they're not the top two watchmakers. Rolex watches are made by Rolex SA (who also make Tudor brand watches), and Omega watches are made by The Swatch Group Ltd (who also make Swatch, Tissot, Longines, Certina and many other brands of watches)
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Level 30
Feb 1, 2016
Stereotypical...
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Level 43
Oct 8, 2013
I put yodel rather than yodeling...
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Level 73
Feb 1, 2016
I just added some more type-ins for "Yodeling" and "Romansh". The changes are currently pending. Just need the approval of QM to submit these changes.
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Level 59
Feb 1, 2016
normal etiquette on points based quizes would be to accept yodel and yodelling
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Level 74
Jul 16, 2015
"National personification"???? Where do you start with a question like that? Not surprised that 5% have gotten it.
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Level ∞
Aug 18, 2015
Since so few have gotten it, I made that question more explicit.
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Level 78
Feb 1, 2016
Still didn't help me as I've never heard of her. Heidi was the only female I could think of.
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2016
Couldn't Heidi be an acceptable answer?
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Level 73
Feb 3, 2016
@Tummykong. No, as they are two completely different figures. Heidi is rather a literary character, whereas Helvetia has been more significant for Swiss history
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Level 76
Oct 16, 2015
Please accept yodelling as well as yodeling.
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Level 79
Jan 6, 2016
Agreed - quiz is very stingy on form and spelling.
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Level 70
Feb 1, 2016
Please, some leeway on Romansh. Romansch, Rumansh, Rumantsch, Rumansch, Romantsch... good Lord, write a regex for it please.
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Level 66
Feb 1, 2016
anyone else for Swiss Miss of instant cocoa fame? ;)
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Level 28
Feb 2, 2016
As language should be also possible "Rhaeto-Romanic" for Romansh
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Level 76
Jan 17, 2019
Rhaeto-Romance is the language family, I wouldn't have said it was specific enough.
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Level 67
Feb 15, 2016
Turns out that Swiss Miss is not the top food producer. I just assumed they all ate mini marshmallows.
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Level 19
Feb 19, 2016
1/24. I only got French as an official language.
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Level 66
Aug 4, 2020
Really?
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Level 65
Sep 18, 2016
Missed apple shooter. Kept thinking about alcohol... I think I have a problem
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Level 78
Sep 21, 2016
You made me laugh, though.
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Level 56
Dec 4, 2016
"Franken" should be accepted because it's the german word for the currency and German is the language about 65% of the People speak in Switzerland
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Level 72
Jun 3, 2017
I second that
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Level 78
Feb 16, 2017
Missed Romansh. (ish that one alsho one of the romansh languagesh?) Tried Roma....and couldn't remember the rest. That devolved into guessing: semaphore, armpit farting, etc.
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Level 78
Feb 16, 2017
Thought for sure that an alphorn would make an appearance in this quiz. (as a side note, my uncle blew his liver out playing "Flight of the Bumblebee" on an alphorn)
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Level 27
Oct 10, 2017
"Lake Geneva" is not the official name of the lake, and calling it this way sometimes offend people in the area (as the lake does not belong to Geneva nor Geneva's culture more athan any other city). The real name of the lake is "Leman Lake".
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Level 66
Dec 13, 2018
No it's not... Coming from Lausanne, I hate it too, but Lake Geneva is still the correct name in English... It is still better than the people of Geneva saying Lac de Genève in french :)
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Level 47
Jan 3, 2018
I love Switzerland! 🇨🇭
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Level 72
Feb 2, 2018
Me too!
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Level 66
Aug 4, 2020
My trip to Zermatt with my family in 2016 was the best hiking trip ever!
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Level 56
Aug 10, 2018
Bern is actually a federal city and isn't a De Jure capital of Switzerland. In the Swiss constitution, there is no mention of a capital city.
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Level 72
Sep 14, 2018
This is 100% true, but if the clue would say 'Federal City', I bet only 50% would know the answer
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Level 51
Sep 19, 2018
Romansh somehow doesn't seem to work anymore, I even tried copy pasting it from the answer, but it doesn't work..
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Level 78
Sep 22, 2018
Same problem. It doesn't recognize Romansh.
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Level 81
Oct 8, 2018
Agreed. This is still broken.
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Level ∞
Oct 9, 2018
Fixed, thank you.
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Level 81
Oct 8, 2018
I mean, Swiss Miss is a fictional woman who personifies Switzerland . . . right?
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Level 65
Jan 29, 2019
Was I the only one who thought of Tag Heuer on the watchmaker question?
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Level 37
Jul 18, 2019
I have worn Omega watches since my Mom & Dad bought me my first one for my 16th Birthday and even though it clearly says "swiss movement" on the underside, I've always associated Omega with Greece.
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Level 47
Jun 30, 2020
Switzerland, the one country that doesn't join anything, from wars to the European Union. The last time Switzerland ever invaded a country was France in 1815, and the last time they actually ever used their army was 1847, when they quelled a short uprising. I'm guessing being in the Swiss Army is less dangerous than being an American Police Officer!
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Level 56
Jul 7, 2020
But in opposite to US cops (technically) every male has to serve in the military.
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Level 60
Jul 31, 2020
It's probably true that being in the Swiss military is safer yet, but it's worth mentioning that US cops don't have a particularly dangerous job at all; it's not even close to the riskiest, but they sure love to pretend it is.
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Level 53
Jul 2, 2020
Only legendary Swiss figure I could think of was Winkelried (no apple shooting there!)
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Level 62
Sep 25, 2020
Could Patek be accepted for the watch question?