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Moving to Switzerland: Do You Know the Cantonal Languages and Cultural Traditions?

Updated: Sep 20, 2022

Archetype Crossroads: Swiss National Languages and Cultural Traditions

I have often heard students and parents say that they did not know that Switzerland has four national languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh. Consequently, many newcomers often regret not spending more time learning the language of their new canton because these languages are taught in schools and spoken everywhere- depending upon where you are relocating. Switzerland's Central European location is the reason for this rich linguistic heritage. As a result, gaining a better understanding of cantonal languages and traditions before moving can also help you to settle into your new home more quickly.

Suggestions Before Coming to Switzerland:

1. Learn the local language of your new canton by taking a language course or through do-it -yourself language apps or podcasts.

Duolingo is a great resource that is free and has apps for iPhone and Android.

2. Research the traditions of your new canton by investigating popular holidays and local celebrations in the villages and cities. is a great site to begin your adventure in Switzerland.

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