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Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Switzerland

Ethnicity

Switzerland is divided ethnically, primarily between the Germans, French, and Italians. There is also a significant ethnic minority, the Romansch, who have inhabited the region for hundreds of years. Both the Italians and French are Latin-based groups, but each has significant ethnic influence from older people who no longer exist, like the Gauls (French) and Etruscans (Italians). The Germans obviously are of Germanic origin and are most closely related to the Germans, Austrians, and further to the Dutch and Nordic people. The Romansch are an ethnic group that is less defined by their ethnicity than they are by their language, which is Latin-based. Ethnically, it seems the Romansch are a combination of numerous ancient and modern ethnicities including the Illyrians, Celts, and Etruscans.

Language

The four official languages of Switzerland are also divided in accordance to the people's ethnicities, with German being the most popular native language, French the next most popular, then Italian, and finally Romansch. While the people learn the other languages (German, French, and Italian at least), they generally also learn and use English to communicate. The three latter languages are all Latin-based with a great number of similarities, while German is obviously a Germanic language.

Religion

Most of the Swiss population is Christian. The Italians and French are primarily Catholic, while the Germans tend to be either Catholic or Protestant.

Catholicism is a Christian religion that is one of the first Christian religions (founded after the death of Jesus in about 30-33 AD). Catholicism believes that there is a single God who created everything, a savior, the son of God, Jesus Christ who is the forgiver of sins, and there is the Holy Spirit, which makes up the last part of the Holy Trinity. Catholics follow the teachings of the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments. Much of the faith is based on the life and teachings of Jesus, which is found in the gospels (in the New Testament).

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This page was last updated: May, 2014