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- Stats for Switzerland
Have been politically neutral for centuries, which saved them from harm in WWI and WWII. Has a Germanic, Italian, and French portion, so there are variations within the country. Has a very high Uncertainty Avoidance.
Top 25 Stats
Human Development Index- 3rd; Internet Access- 88.02% (14th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Swiss German (62.1%); Franco-Swiss (18.9%); Italian (5.4%); Serbo-Croat-Bosniak (4.9%).
German, French, Italian, Romansh
Is a wealthy, industrial state with a skilled, educated workforce; Has a high cost of living. Economy is highly dependent on trade, banking, and tourism, but it has an older workforce. Due to low birthrate, many immigrants have come to help with the workforce.
History / Politics
Confederation founded in 1291, and federal state in 1848; Has a democratic government. Strong policy of non-involvement in world politics and strict neutrality. Finally joined the United Nations in 2002; Direct democracy with vote practiced frequently. Popular vote determines important laws and policies here more than anywhere else. Formerly 80% voted on laws and policies, but now down to 40%. Mix of 22% foreign-born people and the native-born often causes cultural tension.
Swiss struggle with the same spiritual malaise of nearby nations due to wealth and comfort. 70% of youth open to religion; They explore Eastern sects or occult as much as Christianity. Catholic church has too few clergy; Liberal theology harms Catholics and Protestants. Christians united and have vision for evangelizing Swiss; Evangelicals are growing some. Has more foreign residents than any European nation, but need missionaries to go to them.
Pray that the affluence of society would not seduce people away from the Gospel. Pray that the Swiss youth would become more open to the true Gospel. Pray that self-identified Christians would experience a revival of true belief. Pray that evangelical churches would grow at a faster rate and send many missionaries. Pray that outreach will occur to the many immigrants who may be more open to the Gospel.