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Welcome to BERN
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Information about BERN Bern, the capital of Switzerland and one of the oldest cities in Europe, still gives the feel of a medieval provincial city. It became the eighth member of Swiss Federation in 1353. The city saw its best during 14th and 15th century, when it wielded power all around, enlarged its territory and gained greater political influence. With much of its medieval structures still intact and new contemporary houses built by the residents, Bern has a look of harmonious coexistence between old and new. The perfectly preserved medieval street plan, with its arcades, street fountains and doughty towers persuaded UNESCO to deem Bern a World Heritage Site, placing it in the company of such legendary sites as Florence, Petra and the Taj Mahal. For all its political status, Bern is a tiny city of barely 130,000 people and retains a small town’s easy approach to life. The attraction of the place, is its ambience.
 
Available Trades in BERN AGRICULTURE - LIVESTOCK - PISCICULTURE & FORESTRY SERVICES
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
ART - ANTIQUES & HANDICRAFTS
ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANISATIONS
CIVIC CENTRES - LIBRARIES & ARCHIVES
CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
EDUCATION & TRAINING
ENTERTAINMENT & LEISURE
GOVERMENT OFFICES & SERVICES
MEDICINE & MEDICAL SERVICES
PETS & VETERINARIANS
PUBLISHING & PRINTING
RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES & FUNERAL SERVICES
SERVICES & AGENCIES
SPORTS & OUTDOOR PURSUITS
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SWITZERLAND

General Information
Capital: Berne
Area: 41,285 km2
Population: 7,745,900
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz
IDD: +41
Emergency number: 117
Timezone: GMT +1 Hr (+2 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: German in central and eastern areas, French in the west and Italian in the south. Romansch is spoken in parts of the southeast. English (as a second or third language) is widely spoken

Government
Government: Formally a confederation but similar to a Federal Republic.

Religion
Religion: Roman Catholic (42%), , Protestant (35%), Muslim 4%, Orthodox 2%

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF) 1.00 = 100 Centimes

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100.00 = USD = 100.781 CHF EUR = 151.065 CHF GBP = 166.873 CHF

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 08.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Outside cities: 80 km/h, Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic
Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years. Wearing of seat belts is compulsory.

Driving License
Driving License: International license

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1/2 New Year"s Day Holidays, Esatern (variable), May Ascension Day (variable), Whit Monday (variable), 1 Agosto, National Day, Dec 25/26 Christmas Holidays

Climate
Climate: Temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A2481215192121171273
P74696476101129136124102777364
S235677876321
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (°C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800 / 3G 2100

GPS
GPS: 46 57 N, 7 27 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Generally Mon-Fri: 08.00-12.00 and 13.30-18.30, Sat: 08.00-12.00 and 13.30-16.00. In larger cities shops are open one day a week until 21.00.


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