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Switzerland, Europe

Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft / Schweiz Confederation Suisse / Suisse Confederazione Svizzera / Svizzera

Switzerland is in Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy. Switzerland has borders with Austria, France, Italy, Liechtenstein and Germany.

Swiss Confederation

The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499.

Switzerland's sovereignty and neutrality have long been honoured by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two World Wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbours.

Switzerland  did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations, but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

Languages spoken in Switzerland: German (official) 63.7%, French (official) 20.4%, Italian (official) 6.5%, Serbo-Croatian 1.5%, Albanian 1.3%, Portuguese 1.2%, Spanish 1.1%, English 1%, Romansch 0.5%, other 2.8% (2000 census) . NB German, French, Italian, and Romansch are all national languages but only the first three are official languages

What's the time in Switzerland Zone now?

Switzerland  - Time Zone

Central European Time ( CET )

Central European Standard Time = GMT+1
Central European Summer Time = GMT+2

Current daylight saving dates for Europe

European clocks are now on:

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

  • Daylight Saving Time began:   01:00 GMT. Clocks went forward one hour.
  • Daylight Saving Time ends:   01:00 GMT. Clocks go back one hour.

UK and Europe Clock Change Rules

What time zone is Switzerland in?

Switzerland is in the Central European Time Zone . Central European Standard Time ( CET ) is 1 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT+1 ).

Does Switzerland observe Daylight Saving / Summer Time?

Like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Switzerland, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour;  2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT+2 ).

After the Summer months the time in Switzerland is shifted back by 1 hour to Central European Time (CET) or ( GMT+1 )

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