Population: Of the approximately 7.5 million population of Switzerland in 2005, nearly 5 million had access to the Internet.
Search engines: http://www.search.ch/index.fr.html, http://www.mirago.ch/search/home.aspx,http://search.msn.ch/?lang=fr-CH, http://www.manitoo.ch
Language Code: fr
Geographical Location: Swiss French is the name used for the way French is spoken in the French-speaking area of Switzerland known as Romandy.
Literacy Rate: 99.9%
Dialects: Different cantons use different vocabulary, often derived from the local regional language or from German, since Switzerland is predominantly German speaking.
Currency: Switzerland, with its commitment to neutrality, has never joined the European Union and maintains its national currency, the Swiss Franc. The smaller denomination, one hundredth of a franc, is called Rappen (Rp.) in German and centime (c.) in French. It is abbreviated by CHF, although SFr. is still common.
Language Tips: The differences between Swiss French and Parisian French are minor and a French speaker would encounter only a few unfamiliar words while listening to a Swiss French speaker. There is not a single standardised Swiss French language: different areas use different vocabulary. Swiss French shares some features with Belgian French such as the use of the word septante for seventy and nonante for ninety. Also, the words déjeuner (breakfast) and dîner (lunch) are used opposition with the French usage with meanings of lunch and dinner.
On a typical business card: English is familiar in the Swiss business community and therefore addresses may be left in English. City and country names should be translated if the Swiss French equivalent differs from English.
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