Switzerland


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Currency CHF
Average income per person (GDP - per capita (PPP)) $41,600 (2009 est.)
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  Switzerland officially the Swiss Confederation (Latin: Confoederatio Helvetica, hence its abbreviation CH), is a federal republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. The country is situated in Western Europe, where it is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.

Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Central Plateau and the Jura, spanning an area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 7.9 million people concentrates mostly on the Plateau, where the largest cities are to be found. Among them are the two global cities and economic centres of Zurich and Geneva.

The Swiss Confederation has a long history of neutrality—it has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815—and did not join the United Nations until 2002. It pursues, however, an active foreign policy and is frequently involved in peace-building processes around the world. Switzerland is also the birthplace of the Red Cross and home to a large number of international organizations, including the second largest UN office. On the European level, it is a founding member of the European Free Trade Association and is part of the Schengen Area – although it is notably not a member of the European Union, nor the European Economic Area.

Switzerland comprises three main linguistic and cultural regions: German, French, and Italian, to which the Romansh-speaking valleys are added. The Swiss therefore do not form a nation in the sense of a common ethnic or linguistic identity. The strong sense of belonging to the country is founded on the common historical background, shared values (federalism, direct democracy, neutrality) and Alpine symbolism. The establishment of the Swiss Confederation is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291; Swiss National Day is celebrated on the anniversary.   More info on Wikipedia or FlagCounter 

 

 


Paleo-stamps of Switzerland

  03.09.2010 "Dinosaurus in Switzerland"

  Numerous skeleton and footprint finds confirm what a lot of people  do not know: many millions of years ago, there were dinosaurs in Switzerland too. Reptiles which are now extinct (saurians) lived not just on terra firma, but also in the water and in the air. Three new special stamps showcase a selection of Swiss saurians, bringing them back to life: Theropoda , Ichthyosauria,  Pterosauria.

Skelets of all three dinosaurus found at Switzerland: Theropoda and Ichthyosauria at Frick, Pterosauria at Kanton Graubuenden and can be seen at Sauriermuseum Frick.

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 07.09.2004  "Unesco World Heritage: Monte San Giorgio"

This pyramid-shaped, wooded mountain between the southern arms of Lake Lugano is the best fossil record of marine life from the Triassic Period (230-245 million years ago), when a lagoon covered the area.

The long history of study of the site, and the disciplined management of the resource have created a well documented and catalogued body of specimens of exceptional quality - fish, ammonites, crustaceans but also reptiles, insects and plants. Monte San Giorgio provides the principal point of reference, relevant to future discoveries of marine Triassic remains throughout the world.

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1958-1961 four mineral sets are issued by Pro Patria together with Swiss Post. Each set has one fossil depicted stamp. These stamps depicted most beatifull minerals and fossils found in Switzerland.

 

 

 1961   "For cultural purposes" campaign

 

 

1960   "For the scholarship fund for young people in vocational training" campaign

 

1959    "For Swiss abroad and the foreign secretary of the Swiss-NHG campaign

 

1958  "For mothers in distress" campaign

 

Note:

Pro Patria, officially Stiftung PRO PATRIA Schweizerische Bundesfeierspende, is a Swiss patriotic and charitable organization. Its purpose is to give meaning to the Swiss national holiday, August 1, by collecting donations to the benefit of social and cultural works of national public interest. 

 

Pro Patria was founded in 1909 as the Verein Schweizerische Bundesfeier-Spende (Swiss Federal Celebration Donation Association) by a group of public-spirited citizens led by the merchant Albert Schuster. The association's efforts were supported by the Swiss federal government and the Post Office, and Pro Patria coordinated its activities with the government during the first decades of its operation. The first Federal Celebration Collection yielded 29,000 Swiss francs and was used to support flood victims.

 

Pro Patria collects donations principally through the sale of postage stamps, postcards and badges, in cooperation with the Swiss Post.

Beginning in 1938, the Swiss PTT began issuing an annual semi-postal stamp or set coincident with Swiss National Day, August 1. Each year specific charitable goals are established for the non-postal portion of the stamps' value. Post offices sold Federal Celebration postcards from 1910 to 1960 and postage stamps since 1938. The price of these cards and stamps (marked with "Pro Patria" since 1952) exceeds their denomination, with the surcharge representing a donation to Pro Patria.

 

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Latest update 24.10.2011

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