[May 21] Let’s meet the world: Switzerland

Switzerland, in its full name the Swiss Confederation, is a landlocked country in Western Europe. This nation is geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura. Germany, Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein and France share the border with Switzerland. Its climate is temperate but varies depending on altitude.

Swiss Confederation has been a nation of armed neutrality since 1815 and is also the birthplace of the Red Cross and home to a number of international organizations such as second largest UN office. It is one of the richest countries in the world by per capital GDP and Zurich and Geneva have been ranked as the cities with the second and third highest quality of life in the world respectively.

Today (May 21, 2012), Switzerland hosted National Pavilion Day at the Yeosu Expo. Mr. Hansjoerg Walter, the President of the Swiss Parliament, opened their celebrating day and celebrated the 50 years of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Korea. He focused on the symbiosis of the ocean and human beings and the importance of water for Switzerland as well as everyone in the globe. Also, Switzerland’s world renowned multi-instrumentalist, Gustav, gave a special joint performance with the Incheon Alpinrose Children’s Choir. Gustav plays nearly every traditional and modern instrument including the tuba, drums, piano, ukulele and alphorn. He hit today’s stage with well-known Swiss folk songs with his unconventional interpretations. Audience could enjoy Switzerland’s multicultural heritage through his performance.

The Swiss Pavilion joined the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea to highlight their nation’s contributions to protecting clean water. Visitors could have a great chance to better appreciate and understand the importance of water while watching the Swiss Pavilion. Under a theme, “the Source. It’s in your hands,” the Pavilion presents Switzerland’s efforts toward and expertise in protecting and sustaining clean water. Though it is a landlocked country, Switzerland as the water shed of Europe has built up comprehensive know-how in ways to use, research, protect and purify the source of life, water. They emphasize everyone’s responsibility to protect clean water.

<The Swiss Pavilion>

<Ice Core, where visitors can see an authentic piece of Switzerland>

<The source, it’s in your hands>