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Switzerland is not like other countries. Swiss chocolate is “perfect”; Swiss watches are perfect; Swiss cheese is perfect; and Swiss fondue is perfect. Unfortunately, in 2008, the trains of the Swiss Federal Railways ran on schedule only 95.8% of the time, down from 95.9% in 2007. The Swiss-German newspaper, Der Bund, scolded, “Swiss trains are less punctual!” For the Swiss, the additional 0.1% of late trains proved disturbing news. In Switzerland, if things are not perfect, they should be close. In his entertaining, informative romp through Swiss history, culture and business, travel writer Diccon Bewes reveals Switzerland in all its singularity. The result is a thorough, surprising report on this unique “land of milk and money.” getAbstract recommends Bewes’s fun-to-read – and near perfect – overview of Switzerland.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Who the Swiss are and how they came to be a nation,
  • What makes them and their country uniquely special, and
  • Why William Tell and Heidi mean so much to them as symbols of all that is Swiss.

About the Author

Diccon Bewes, a Swiss resident, is the former manager of the Stauffacher English Bookshop in Bern. He has written for Holiday Which? magazine and Lonely Planet.



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