The Confoederatio Helvetica

The abbreviation CH is derived from the official Latin name “Confoederatio Helvetica”. Curia Confoederatis Helveticae (CH) appears on the facade of the Federal Palace in Bern. Switzerland is the only European country with a Latin abbreviation with no linguistic relation to its current name. Helvetica refers to the Celtic tribe of Helvetians that inhabited the … Read more » “The Confoederatio Helvetica”

The Heart of the Confoederatio Helvetica

Switzerland celebrated its national day on 1 August. The country has long struggled with its national anthem, flag, and Constitution. After a long unification process me t(civil) wars and other (religious) disputes from the 13th century onwards, the cooperation of and between the cantons changed on 12 September 1848. The Confederation became the Confoederatio Helvetica … Read more » “The Heart of the Confoederatio Helvetica”

Switzerland, A European Microcosmos ?

Switzerland is the outcome of centuries of cooperation, alliances, exchanges and contacts between the cantons. After the Congress of Vienna (1814-1815), it seemed impossible to unite these sovereign republics and their different languages, religions, cultures and (economic) interests in a federation with a national currency, government, parliament, army or even a flag or a national … Read more » “Switzerland, A European Microcosmos ?”