It may be a fairly small country, compared to others in Europe, but Switzerland is varied and beautiful. Calling Switzerland from the United States is simple. Over the last few decades, travel has become easier and cheaper. We often want to communicate with friends and family all over the world. Although e-mail and instant messaging is often used, sometimes, nothing is quite the same as a phone call and hearing someone’s voice. With its stunning mountains and beautiful lakes, Switzerland is situated at the heart of Western Europe and has much to support it as a destination.
There are 4 official languages in Switzerland – a fair number considering the population of just over 7 million! They are French, German, Italian and Romansch (which is a Latin-based language). Four languages mean 4 cultures. The French areas of Geneva with its surrounding western area and the Italian areas of Lugano and the southern area adjacent to it are considered more lively and cosmopolitan than the more conservative and sedate German area of Zurich and the neighbouring eastern area. The Romansh areas of St. Moritz and south-eastern region remains the least developed of all the regions. Here are some simple tips to help you call Switzerland from the United States.
Calling Switzerland from US is easy. Here are the steps to follow:
1. From the United States dial the International Dialing Code which is 011.
2. Then dial the code for Switzerland, which is 41.
3. The next step is to dial the Area Code for the area in Switzerland (these are listed below).
4. Finally, dial the individual phone number. For example, calling someone in Bern, the entire number would be 011 41 31 xxx xxxx.
Most phone numbers in Switzerland consist of 7 digits. The code for all Cell phones in Switzerland is 7. Cell phones have one more digit, so the number fo a Cell would be 011 41 7x xxx xxxx.
The area codes for the major cities in Switzerland are as follows:
Berne (Capital): 31
St Gallen: 71
This beautiful land-locked country in Europe is well worth a call. Its varied landscapes and variety of languages make it a fascinating place to go. Renowned for its cleanliness and efficiency, the organizational skills of Switzerland extend to its phone system. Connection is fast and calls are clear. In terms of time difference, Berne is 6 hours ahead of New York and 9 hours ahead of Los Angeles. Think about the language you are going to use to say ‘Hello’!