Switzerland: Country and Foreign Investment
Population, Language and Culture
Switzerland's unique geographic location means that the country has been subjected to an unusual diversity of cultural and linguistic influences. The three official languages are German, French & Italian and are the mother tongues of 64%, 20% and 7% of the population respectively. The English language is widely used and spoken in business and professional circles.
Switzerland has been described as a nation which has no unity of ethnic heritage, language or religion but which is nonetheless united and prosperous. Although the culture could be described as a blend of German, French and Italian influences the distinct ethnic strands represent a considerable obstacle to the emergence of any homogeneous cultural identity.
The estimated population stands at just over 7.99m people in July 2013.