Switzerland

Switzerland mapAglow Leader: Erika Steiner
National Board President

Capital: Bern

Pray:

  • Pray for the schools of Switzerland. Pray that godly principles will be regarded in a new way.
  • Pray for wisdom and integrity in the way the local and federal governments handle finances. Pray that exploitation is exposed and that goodness is demonstrated.
  • Pray for new Aglow leaders to rise up in the call and vision of the ministry.
  • Pray for new local groups to be established for women and for men. Especially pray for new Generations groups to be formed.

Proclaim:

  • We proclaim fresh fire in the hearts of the believers of Switzerland. We declare that the believers of Switzerland are courageous proclaimers of the truth who love and serve the people of their nation.

Interesting Facts About Switzerland

Switzerland flagBackground: The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. A constitution of 1848, subsequently modified in 1874, replaced the confederation with a centralized federal government. Switzerland’s sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two world wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland’s role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland’s ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

Government Type: formally a confederation but similar in structure to a federal republic

Population: 7,996,026 (July 2013 est.)

Ethnic Groups: German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6%

Languages: German (official) 63.7%, French (official) 20.4%, Italian (official) 6.5%, Serbo-Croatian 1.5%, Albanian 1.3%, Portuguese 1.2%, Spanish 1.1%, English 1%, Romansch (official) 0.5%, other 2.8% (2000 census)
Note: German, French, Italian, and Romansch are all national and official languages

Religions: Roman Catholic 41.8%, Protestant 35.3%, Muslim 4.3%, Orthodox 1.8%, other Christian 0.4%, other 1%, unspecified 4.3%, none 11.1% (2000 census)

Interesting Facts information from the cia.gov website. Read more about Switzerland

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