It's Not Just Cheese

Pick your Flavors between Germany, Switzerland, and Italy

Introduction

Although Germany, Switzerland, and Italy are all well known for their cheeses and are some of the leading cheese producing countries, I choose these countries in Europe because I have ancestors form there, I want to visit these countries someday, and I thought it would be interesting to learn some facts about these countries. The following information talks about the land, culture, people, government, history, and landmarks that make up Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. So guten appetit , buon appetito, and enjoy your meal of facts!


Germany

Location, Climate, and Topography

Germany is in central Europe bordering the Baltic and North Sea between The Netherlands and Poland. It is also South of Denmark. Germany's climate is temperate and marine with wet winters and cool cloudy summers. Germany is made up of lowlands in the north, uplands in the center, and Bavarian Alps in south.


Population, Language, and Culture

Germany has a population of about 81,147,263 people. Most people in Germany speak german and enjoy classical music. Germans often spend their time attending operas, concertos, and musicals during their free time. In addition to attending these musical events, Germans love to read. In fact, book shops can be found in almost every town and Germany holds two major book fairs every year. In the German culture, people may also be seen eating foods such as sausage, bread, potatoes, dumplings, and beer. And don't forget about their Bruder Basil cheese.


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Religion

In Germany 34% of the people are Protestants, 34% of the people are Roman Catholic, and 3.7% of the people are Muslim.


Government

Germany has a Federal Rebublic system of government that is currently run by President Chancellor Angela Merkal, a European Union Member of this limited government.


History

Adolf Hitler (leader of the Nazi party) was an important person in Germany's history because he tried to destroy all the Jews in Europe and therefore he was the reason for Germany's downfall and depressed economy.
In World War II, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party exterminated six million Jews while at war with Poland, France, Britain, and other European countries. In 1945, the war finally ended and Germany was broken into four zones so it would be smaller and less powerful in Europe.


Current Government Issues

The European Council in Germany recently agreed on banking with Union to set up a fund that will go towards providing assistance to citizens through the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).


Switzerland

Location, Climate, and Topography

Switzerland is located in central Europe and is east of France and north of Italy. Switzerland's climate is temperate (varies with altitude), cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy, cool to warm humid summers with occasional showers. Switzerland is also mostly mountainous with a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes.


Population, Langauge, and Culture

Switzerland has a population of 1,996,026 people. The official languages of Switzerland are German, French, and Italian. Some types of famous music most commonly known from the Swiss culture are yodeling and alphon. The Swiss also use instruments such as schwyerorgeli( an accordion), hackbrett (hammered dulcimer) and trumpi (Jew's harp) to play their cultural music. Unlike their music, there is only one famous Swiss literacy creation called Hedi. The Swiss additionally eat cultural foods such as burli (small bread), Appenzeller cheese (not just Swiss cheese), and dreikonigskuchen (Epiphanies cake) which is served on Epiphanies day on January 6th.


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Religion

In Switzerland 41.8% of the people are Roman Catholic, 35.3% of the people are protestants, and 4.3% of the people are Muslim.


Government

Switzerland was formally a confederation but is now similar to the structure of a federal republic. Currently Switzerland's limited government is run by Ueli Maurer who is the president of the Swiss Confederation.


History

General Guison was an important person in Switzerland's history because he was the commander of the Swiss Army and set up a base retreat in the mountains as some sort of guerrilla war. This was a protection for the people and a way for Switzerland to stay out of World War II. This strategy changed the Nazi's mind about going to war with Switzerland because they knew attacking the retreat would be very expensive for their party.

Another historical political event in Switzerland was is 1971 when Swiss women got the right to vote and were accepted by men in a national referendum.


Current Government Issues

Currently Switzerland's government has come out to suspend mandatory health insurance to cover for terminating unwanted pregnancies.


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Famous brand of Switzerland


Italy

Location, Climate, and Topography

Italy is located in southern Europe, and northeast of Tunisia. Italy is a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea. The climate in Italy is predominantly Mediterranean, Alpine in the far north, and hot and dry in the south. Italy is additionally mostly rugged and mountainous, it has some plains and coastal lowlands.


Population, Language, and Culture

Italy has a population of 61,482,297 people with the official language being Italian.
Classical music such as symphonys, concertos, and sonatas are admired by many Italians, as the opera was born in Italy. The first Literature expression in Italian was Canticle of the Creatures by St. Francis of Assi. Some cultural foods in Italy include fettucine alfredo, Parmesan cheese, panettone (an Italian Christmas bread), and polenta.


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Religion

In Italy 80% of the people are Christian, 20% of the people are Atheists and Agnostics, and only about 700,000 people are Muslims.


Government

Italy is a republic that is run by Prime Minister Enrico Letta who is a European Union member who overlooks this limited government.


History

Benito Mussolani was important in Italy's history because not only was he the 40th prime minister and a center figure in the creation of fascism, he was an influence and an ally of Adolf Hitler. Benito Mussolani worked with Adolf Hitler during World War II and helped him pass the Manifested of Race that stripped Jews of Italy.

Another important political event of Italy was in 1865 when the capital of kingdom of Italy was moved from Turin to Florence in order to approach it to Rome. This was all done while the capital was under Popal Rule and French protection.


Current Government Issues

On January 7th, the Italian government was forced to stop making teachers pay back salary increases they got in 2013.


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Famous brand of Italy