History UsefulNotes / Switzerland

4th Mar '17 6:17:40 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* On Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom, using stereotypes related to Switzerland's neutrality and supposed isolationism in AlternateHistory stories is commonly regarded as cliché. Notably, one of the most widespread AlternateHistory clichés is that Switzerland is uninteresting and nothing happens there or [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/uninvadable_super-duper_switzerland that it can't ever be invaded by anyone]] (á la ''TabletopGame/{{Diplomacy}}''), no matter the era or reasons.

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* On Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom, using stereotypes related to Switzerland's neutrality and supposed isolationism in AlternateHistory stories is commonly regarded as cliché. Notably, one of the most widespread AlternateHistory clichés is that Switzerland is uninteresting and nothing happens there or [[http://wiki.[[https://www.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/uninvadable_super-duper_switzerland com/wiki/doku.php?id=alternate_history:uninvadable_super-duper_switzerland that it can't ever be invaded by anyone]] (á la ''TabletopGame/{{Diplomacy}}''), no matter the era or reasons.
22nd Jan '17 10:13:05 AM Saveelich
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* Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau (a Genevan who moved to France and became French as fast as he could).

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* Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau (a Genevan who Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau, one of the leading philosophers of UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment, was born in Geneva and moved to France and became French as fast as he could).France.
22nd Jan '17 10:11:25 AM Saveelich
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As of late however, Switzerland has increasingly become known for anonymous and secure ''data protection,'' protecting clients' digital information in a similar if updated manner to the old "Numbered Swiss Account."

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As of late however, Switzerland has increasingly become known for anonymous and secure ''data protection,'' protection'', protecting clients' digital information in a similar if updated manner to the old "Numbered Swiss Account."
Account".



* Music/CelticFrost which is one of the most influential and important bands in {{Extreme Metal}}.

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* Music/CelticFrost Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier. An architect from Neuchâtel who moved to France and became French as fast as he could). One of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture, he designed UsefulNotes/UnitedNations headquarters and many other beautiful buildings; also responsible for the Brutalist style, which is developed into something rather different.
* Music/CelticFrost,
one of the most influential and important bands in {{Extreme Metal}}.



* Leonhard Euler, [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist mathematician, physicist, astronomer, logician and engineer]].



* Stéphane Lambiel, Olympic silver medalist and two-time world champion figure skater
* [[{{Tennis}} Martina Hingis]] (though she was born in UsefulNotes/{{Slovakia}}), [[{{Tennis}} 5-time Grand Slam champion]].
* UsefulNotes/CarlJung
* Hermann Rorschach, inventor of the InkblotTest
* Leonhard Euler

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* Stéphane Lambiel, Olympic silver medalist Creator/HRGiger, surrealist painter and two-time world champion figure skater
sculptor. Most notably, he is the creator of the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph design]].
* [[{{Tennis}} Martina Hingis]] Hingis (though she was born in UsefulNotes/{{Slovakia}}), [[{{Tennis}} 5-time Grand Slam champion]].
* UsefulNotes/CarlJung
UsefulNotes/CarlJung, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and founder of analytical psychology.
* Stéphane Lambiel, Olympic silver medalist and two-time world champion figure skater.
* Hermann Rorschach, inventor of the InkblotTest
* Leonhard Euler
InkblotTest.



* Le Corbusier (a Neuchatelien who moved to France and became French as fast as he could). Designed UsefulNotes/UnitedNations headquarters and many other beautiful buildings; also responsible for the Brutalist style, which developed into something rather different.
* Creator/HRGiger, surrealist painter and sculptor. Most notably, creator of the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph design]].
22nd Jan '17 10:04:38 AM Saveelich
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22nd Jan '17 10:03:14 AM Saveelich
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That's not really fair on the Swiss (they didn't even invent the cuckoo clock--it comes from Swabia in Germany), but they do have a strong tradition in making clocks. They also produced the Swiss Army Knife, the Geneva Conventions and the International Committee of the Red C-Thing, among other things.[[note]]Besides the fact that the cuckoo clock was a far greater achievement than is thought. It is both a marvel of medieval craftsmanship and as a precursor to modern technology-one of the first machines. And it helped measure time with greater precision which certainly had many great effects.[[/note]] They also arguably helped produce the United States, their system of government being one of several that inspired the writing of the US Constitution - and funnily enough they influenced the [[UsefulNotes/AustralianPolitics Australian Constitution]] as well.

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That's not really fair on the Swiss (they didn't even invent the cuckoo clock--it comes from Swabia in Germany), but they do have a strong tradition in making clocks. They also produced the Swiss Army Knife, the Geneva Conventions and the International Committee of the Red C-Thing, among other things.[[note]]Besides the fact that the cuckoo clock was a far greater achievement than is thought. It is both a marvel of medieval craftsmanship and as a precursor to modern technology-one of the first machines. And it helped measure time with greater precision which certainly had many great effects.[[/note]] They also arguably helped produce the United States, influenced federalism, their system of government being one of several that inspired the writing of the US Constitution - and funnily enough they influenced the [[UsefulNotes/AustralianPolitics Australian Constitution]] as well.
21st Aug '16 9:45:04 AM eroock
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* ''[[Literature/DasVersprechen Es geschah am hellichten Tag]]'', a Swiss-German crime thriller about a pedophile serial killer roaming the Alps. Scripted (and later turned into a novel) by [[Theatre/TheVisit Friedrich Dürrenmatt]].

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* ''[[Literature/DasVersprechen ''[[Literature/ThePledge Es geschah am hellichten Tag]]'', a Swiss-German crime thriller about a pedophile serial killer roaming the Alps. Scripted (and later turned into a novel) by [[Theatre/TheVisit Friedrich Dürrenmatt]].
13th Jul '16 5:47:43 PM LtFedora
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One of the few countries in western Europe not part of the EU, although they often adopt EU regulations in the interest of trade. As a result, they still have their own currency, too. The Swiss also didn't join the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations until 2002.

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One of the few countries in western Europe not part of the EU, although they often adopt EU regulations in the interest of trade. As a result, they still have their own currency, too. The Swiss also didn't join the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations until 2002.
2002, though the UN did have an office in Geneva long before them.
19th Jun '16 10:26:57 PM gewunomox
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* {{Celtic Frost}} wich is one of the most influental and important bands in {{Extreme Metal}}.

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* {{Celtic Frost}} wich Music/CelticFrost which is one of the most influental influential and important bands in {{Extreme Metal}}.
9th Mar '16 10:27:07 PM Prfnoff
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One of the few countries in western Europe not part of the EU, although they often adopt EU regulations in the interest of trade. As a result, they still have their own currency, too.

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One of the few countries in western Europe not part of the EU, although they often adopt EU regulations in the interest of trade. As a result, they still have their own currency, too.
too. The Swiss also didn't join the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations until 2002.
24th Nov '15 7:20:01 PM StevieC
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In addition to pocket-knives, Switzerland is famous for the production of finely-crafted mechanical watches by such brands as Breitling and Omega, among others.

Also Switzerland is renowned the world over for making some of the finest milk-chocolate anywhere.
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