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Switzerland has four national languages, but they vary greatly in the number of speakers.

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The invisible line between French-speaking Suisse and German-speaking Schweiz is as hard-edged as the swords of the invading French armies that pushed that line to Saanen a few centuries ago. There are 26 cantons in Switzerland, each as unique and pronounced as some countries in Europe, but the French and Swiss form the two major teams in this country of countries within countries.

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A breakdown of the languages spoken in Switzerland.

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Did you learn that they speak German in Switzerland? That's a common misconception! In Switzerland they speak Swiss German, and that's something completely different. Swiss German has its own pronunciation, many different words, its own grammar, and most Germans have difficulty understanding this funny language. The German-speaking Swiss write standard German, that's true - there is no Swiss German official language (but still some literature, e-mails etc. using the dialect).

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Nearly 16 per cent per cent of the Swiss population declare themselves to be multilingual, according to the latest study by the Federal Statistics Office.

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Eyes on screens are the essence of the thoroughly modern look. Hunching at the desk, bumping into fellow web addicts walking down the street, keying over coffee, millions are entranced by the ability to devour and create digital information on shiny rectangles. It's the death stare for traditional print journalism, which was already twitching.

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Switzerland has four national languages: French, German, Italian and Romansh. English, though not an official language, is often used to bridge the divides.

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