Swiss Watching, 3rd Edition: Inside the Land of Milk and Honey

Swiss Watching, 3rd Edition: Inside the Land of Milk and Honey

by Diccon Bewes
Swiss Watching, 3rd Edition: Inside the Land of Milk and Honey

Swiss Watching, 3rd Edition: Inside the Land of Milk and Honey

by Diccon Bewes


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New updated edition of the international bestseller, featuring new statistics and a new epilogue, as well as new sections on the Swiss elections, the Swiss citizenship test and how Brexit has affected Switzerland

"A great subject for a cultural anthropologist and Bewes is a perfect guide." Financial Times,
Book of the Year

One country,
four languages,
26 cantons,
and 7.5 million people (but only 75% of them Swiss): there's nowhere else in Europe like it. Switzerland may be hundreds of miles away from the nearest drop of seawater,
but it is an island at the center of Europe. Welcome to the landlocked island.

Swiss Watching is a fascinating journey around Europe's most individual and misunderstood country. From seeking Heidi and finding the best chocolate to reliving a bloody past and exploring an uncertain future,
Diccon Bewes proves that there's more to Switzerland than banks and skis,
francs and cheese. This book dispels the myths and unravels the true meaning of Swissness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473677418
Publisher: Mobius
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 531,990
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Diccon Bewes is a travel writer. A world trip set him up for a career in travel writing, via the scenic route of bookselling. After ten years at Lonely Planet and Holiday Which? Magazine, he decamped to Switzerland, where he managed the Stauffacher English Bookshop in Bern. In addition to grappling with German, re-learning to cross the road properly, and overcoming his desires to form an orderly line, he has spent years exploring Switzerland. Following the incredible success of Swiss Watching, he is now a full time writer. See his website at

Table of Contents

A word about names ix

Author's note xii

Introduction 1

1 The landlocked island: How some mountains made a country 3

2 Stepping back through time: How 700 years of history shaped the nation 31

3 In the land of cocks and crosses: How religion still divides the Swiss 57

4 Ask the audience: How the people control the politicians 81

5 Wealthy, healthy and wise?: How money makes the Swiss tick 111

6 War and peace: How neutrality and militarism can co-exist 139

7 Made in Switzerland: How Swiss products have conquered the world 164

8 The hole truth: How the cheese is really made 215

9 Where the chocolate comes from: How there's more to Swiss food than fondue 215

10 Climb every mountain: How trains and tourism go hand in hand 238

11 Seeking Heidi How one little girl is a national icon 264

Conclusion 294

A Personal Postscript 298

Appendix I 313

Appendix II 319

Notes 323

Further Reading 333

Acknowledgements 335

Credits 336

Select Index 337

List of Maps

Switzerland x-xi

Glacier Express 13

Lake Lucerne 30

Romandie 190

Berner Oberland & Emmental 253

Eastern Switzerland 281

Cantons 312

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