10 Facts About Switzerland That Changed Our Opinion About This Country

9. The first leaf on a chestnut tree in Geneva symbolizes spring

In Geneva, for more than 200 years, a special tradition about the coming of spring exists. When the chestnut growing next to the government building in Geneva has it’s first leaf, spring has officially come.

10 Facts About Switzerland That Changed Our Opinion About This Country

Most of the time, spring comes in March, but sometimes, funny things happen, like for example in 2002, the tree had its first leaf on December 29. In 2006, spring came twice: the leaves appeared in March, and then when nobody expected, again in October.

In 2017, spring came on March 11. Almost on schedule.

10. Caring about guinea pigs

The citizens of Switzerland can’t have only one guinea pig as a pet. This is because scientists figured out that these animals are very sad when they are alone and they need company. So, when one guinea pig dies, its owner must buy the other one a friend which means that the owner could have guinea pigs forever. In order to avoid this, there is a special rental service. You can buy a guinea pig at a regular price and return it for half the price at any time.

10 Facts About Switzerland That Changed Our Opinion About This Country

When it comes to cats, you allowed have one cat only on the condition that it’s allowed to go outside or see other cats from the window. Otherwise, you have to buy two.

Which of the facts amazed you the most? Maybe, you’ve to been to Switzerland and you have some interesting facts to share about this country? Tell us in the comment section below!