Switzerland is located in Western Europe and has a population of 7.5 million people. Best known for its magical mountain landscapes and its indulgent food, Switzerland is a modern and stylish destination. Whether it be enjoying the snow in winter with its top ski resorts or the shopping in one of the beautiful and historical cities, Switzerland has a lot to offer. A number of languages are spoken in Switzerland, with the east and centre speaking German, French in the west and Italian in the south. English is also widely spoken.

Medical tourism

See the box to the right to view a full list of available treatment areas.

Best time to travel

Higher up in the Alps it can get quite cold in winter and has mild summers, the lower lands do get hotter in summer.

Money and costs

The national currency is the Swiss Franc (CHF, symbol SFr). Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool.


Tourist visas are not required by visitors from the USA, Canada, UK, most of Europe and Australia for stays of up to three months.

Getting there

The main entry points to Switzerland are Zurich, Geneva, Bern and Basel.

Dialling codes

To call Switzerland, the country dialling code is +41.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on Switzerland at:

Lonely Planet -​switzerland

Switzerland Embassy in the USA -​embassy/​United-States

Switzerland Embassy in the UK -

NHS health information on Switzerland -​NHSEngland/​healthcareswitzerland/​Pages/​healthcareswitzerland.aspx

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011