The currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc. The Swiss Franc which is divided into into 100 centimes (French), Rappen (German) or centesimi (Italian.)
CHF is the internationally used symbol.
Notes are available in denominations of 1,000CHF, 200CHF, 100CHF, 50CHF, 20CHF and 10CHF. Coins are issued to values of 5CHF, 2CHF, 1CHF and 50 rappen, 20 rappen, 10 rappen and 5 rappen.
As Switzerland is not part of the European Union, the Euro (EUR) is not an official currency. It is widely accepted in the major urban areas. Where the Euro is accepted, you will usually only be able to pay with notes and your change will be in Swiss Francs. You should make sure you have Francs as not every establishment accepts Euros.
Currency exchange facilities are widely available at banks and many train stations.
Major credit cards are widely accepted but you should have cash with you just in case and to cover incidental expenses.
Switzerland has 23 full Cantons, of which three are sub-divided into half-cantons giving a total of 26 Cantons. The Coats of Arms of the 23 full Cantons are depicted in The Glass Dome in the Federal Palace in Berne.
Switzerland was founded in 1291 when the three forest cantons of Schwyz, Uri and Unterwalden signed The Federal Charter - a defensive alliance. In later years, other localities would join the Confederation. The last expansion of Swiss territory was in 1815 although the last Canton was created in 1978, seperated Canton Jura from Canton Berne.
The 26 Cantons, their capitals and years of joing are:
|Canton||Year of Joining||Capital|
|St Gallen||1803||St Gallen|
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