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Switzerland: Luxury Jails, Drugs in Law and Cats for Dinner

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What do we usually know about Switzerland? A common perception of this country is that Switzerland is a sweet home for cheese, watch and high-class banking. And, of course, the harbor for very high social standards. Indeed, Switzerland today is one of the richest and best-developed countries in the world. The Swiss somehow managed to make their economy functional and, as a result, very successful. And the Swiss progress was hindered neither by a relatively small size of the country nor limited resources.

Safe to Boredom

To start, Switzerland can impress you by one of the highest safety levels in the world. The delinquency figures are astonishing: 1 murder per 200.000 people a year! This may sound strange, but prisons in Switzerland are, nevertheless, always full. Though, it is easy to explain: even in a jail, social standards are sky-high, and cells often look like hotel rooms than what they really are. And who do you think common Swiss criminals are? Foreigners. As a matter of fact, foreign citizens make 20% of the overall Swiss population. And nearly a half of wrongdoings in Switzerland are committed by foreign people.

Still, criminality in Switzerland is predominantly financial and economic like corruption, pyramid investments, bribery etc. The reason of almost no social delinquency is simple: the minimum salary in Switzerland is about EUR 3.500. In Zurich, the average rate is EUR 9.500. Social protection is very strong, incentives and awards are well-developed. But, as is common for Europe, the accommodation in Switzerland is not that cheap, either to buy or rent.

Rule of Law

Switzerland is legally very strong and stable. Laws work here to the fullest. It is evident even in such spheres as animal care: you will never see a homeless cat or dog, because they are all legally protected – they have their passports, homes and regular feeding. A special case is drug addicts: the country takes full care of them providing accommodation, food and drugs. Some may condemn such an ambiguous policy on a nationwide scale, but the Swiss government is persistent in its actions explaining that such people are easier to control like this than to struggle.

Food Intricacies

Cheese in Switzerland is a separate, and very significant, item of profit in the country. And what about chocolate? Actually, chocolate products are hardly loved by the Swiss less than the cheese. The figures say that the Swiss eat more chocolate than any other nation in the world. The average amount of chocolate the Swiss consumes during the year is about 10 kilos. And one more curious fact: about 3% of the Swiss eat cats and dogs, which is 240.000 people! So, if you were going to Vietnam to try this delicacy, perhaps, it makes sense to change your route.

About the author: Lisbet Kayne, a travel blogger, an independent writer, loves adventures and luxury travels, but prefers economy trips to gain more practical experience. Her favorite place is the Seychelles (Africa), her next place to visit is Tanzania.
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