Switzerland has been at the forefront of many talks in the media for some time now. If you are teaching your kids about different countries this year, then these Resources for Learning About Switzerland will help you teach about the Swiss.
This post is part of the Ways to Help Kids Learn About the Nations Series
There a few things that I think about when thinking of Switzerland.
Firstly, I hear it’s like a utopia. All pictures I have ever seen of it just make it look like a glorious place where people live harmoniously together.
Then, I think of Nestle’s Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate – with marshmallows, of course. It probably isn’t even from Switzerland but it still brings many kids a lot of joy associated with the country.
Then there is, “I am Switzerland.” This means that we are neutral in a situation. Many of us have no idea why we say that besides that we know to say it when we aren’t taking sides.
But did you know that the saying is used because Switzerland’s constitution says that the country cannot send out troops to fight foreign wars?
The country has remained neutral in ALL wars since World War I.
There are some other facts that you may find interesting:
- Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate actually has not much at all to do with Switzerland. It was developed in the United States by Anthony R. Sanna, a Sicilian immigrant.
- 86% of people associate themselves with being Christian? I did NOT know that.
- Switzerland has the tallest gravity dam in the entire world. The Grande Dixence Dam is 285 m/ 935 ft high.
- Did you know that fondue originated from Switzerland? YUM!
- Switzerland has Zermatts, domesticated Valais Blacknose sheep. They are pretty interesting looking.
- In Switzerland, people speak various languages (German-Swiss German, French, Italian, and Romansch).
- Switzerland’s Gotthard tunnel is the longest in the whole world.
- While living in Bern, Switzerland, Albert Einstein developed his famous formula E=MC².
- The official name of Switzerland is Confoederatio Helvetica in Latin.
- Switzerland produces the most chocolate in the world.
- Switzerland is the only country that has a square flag vice a rectangle.
- There is a SWISS MISS Hot Chocolate sort of association. Swiss chocolate makers Henri ‘Nestle’ and ‘Daniel Peter’ invented milk chocolate.
- A Swiss businessman and the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross, named Jean-Henri Dunant, received the very first Nobel Peace Prize in 1901.
- Switzerland is really safe. They have one of the lowest crime rates in the world – yet they have some of the highest rates of gun ownership.
- The world’s first instant coffee (Nescafe) was invented in Switzerland.
- This fact is super controversial; assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland.
- Switzerland is the only country ever to build a solar powered airplane.
I can go on and on because Switzerland is a pretty interesting country like being the most expensive places to live in, they have one of the highest quality of life according to the Social Progress Report from WeForum.org.
Explore these resources for learning about Switzerland in your homeschool:
FREE Swiss History Card Game – Date Dash Switzerland | Write Bonnie Rose
Switzerland FREE Facts & Worksheets | kidskonnect
FREE Switzerland Printable Pack | Case of Adventure
Read Color and Learn about SWITZERLAND (FREE) | Kindergarten Worksheets and Games
FREE Switzerland Worksheet Kids | Twibies
Switzerland Worksheet – FREE Printable Word Search Puzzles Online – Geography for Kids | Easy Science for Kids
Fun Switzerland Unit Study | Our Good Family
Switzerland Country Map | World Atlas
Things to Know About Switzerland (FREE Resources) | A to Z Kids Stuff
Travel to Switzerland with this Switzerland Unit Study | Adventures in Mommydom
Switzerland Word Search Puzzle FREE | Student Handouts
Swiss Cities in ABC Order FREE Worksheet | Student Handouts
FREE Switzerland Country Lapbook | Homeschool Share
FREE Switzerland Maze | Muse Printables
Printable FREE Swiss Flag | Super Coloring
Switzerland Booklet Country Study Project Unit | Beyond Imagination
Creative Kids Culture Blog – Exploring Switzerland | Multi-Cultural Kids Blog
Adventures in Switzerland: Case Of Adventure Review | This Chaotic Bliss
Switzerland Unit Study – History, Geography, a Lapbook & More! | Starts at Eight
Map of Switzerland Worksheet | Student Handouts
Country Research Project About Switzerland with Reading Passages | Teaching Products
Homeschool Learning Fun with this Switzerland Unit Study | Rock Your Homeschool
Switzerland (Video) | Hoosier Tim’s Travel Videos
30 Fun Facts About Switzerland that are Actually True (Video) | Yellow Production
General country study printables:
FREE “Less Mess” Explore the World: Research a Country or City | The Peanut Gallery
Country Fact Sheet Geography | Layers of Learning
DIY Mini Passport Book | Make and Takes
FREE Geography Lapbook | Homeschool Helper Online
For being such a small country (41,285 km² – about twice the size of New Jersey), Switzerland has a lot of cool stuff going on and to learn about. Between Swiss watch, the Swiss Alps, and Swiss chocolate your kids are sure to want to learn more.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!