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So, everyone in Switzerland has a bomb shelter in their house. How come no one labels them alarmists or crazy preppers?

The Swiss do in fact spend more than almost any other nation (more than 20 per cent of their budget) to insure themselves against everything and everyone. But there is a more simple reason: it is a legal requirement.

Since the 1960s, Switzerland has built enough underground shelters to protect its entire population with space left over ...

"Every inhabitant must have a protected place that can be reached quickly from his place of residence" and "apartment block owners are required to construct and fit out shelters in all new dwellings", according to articles 45 and 46 of the Swiss Federal Law on Civil Protection.
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/bunkers-for-all/995134
 

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is it also a legal requirement that you speak fluent french german romansh and italian to live there as well?
No, only one of the dialects is a requirement. Lovely country, I have a friend there who majored in German being going to medical school in Bulgaria. He is now a PhD/MD resident in Urology near Basel.

They have mandatory military service, and the service members are required to keep their issued weapons at HOME. How cool is that. Heavily armed society that has rejected gun control as recently as last year.

If I were rich, I would retire to Schweiz. Wages are incredible there, but cost of living and housing is outrageous. Similar to Australia in that.
 

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As for the alarmist/crazy question, it's a matter of perspective.

The United States of America is a huge land mass. We are neighbored by Canada (no threat to anyone,) and Mexico. Mexico is another huge land mass, so no one south of their is a land threat. Mexico and the US are on generally good terms, and an ever increasing number of our citizens have ancestry and family there. I.E. the two countries are blending (whether we like it or not.)

A large invasion force is very difficult to deliver by air or sea to a country with high level technological capabilities like the USA.

Switzerland on the other hand is in Europe, the bloodiest historical war party zone on earth, and surrounded on every side by other countries. They are relatively small, and full of wealth. They are a high value target due to their hands in the global financial market. This is one reason they've tried so hard to foster their "neutrality" persona throughout history. To avoid being ransacked during wars. Worked for them during WWII, why not today? This doesn't mean they are ignorant of the dangers that surround them on every side.

The USA is much more capable of defending itself in every aspect. The biggest security threat to US citizens is their own out of control government.

That is a justifiable reason why people perceive the Swiss actions differently.

Prepping is an overall good lifestyle choice though, and reducing dependence on the machine creates a larger store of wealth for hard times.
 

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As for the alarmist/crazy question, it's a matter of perspective.

The United States of America is a huge land mass. We are neighbored by Canada (no threat to anyone,) and Mexico. Mexico is another huge land mass, so no one south of their is a land threat. Mexico and the US are on generally good terms, and an ever increasing number of our citizens have ancestry and family there. I.E. the two countries are blending (whether we like it or not.)

A large invasion force is very difficult to deliver by air or sea to a country with high level technological capabilities like the USA.

Switzerland on the other hand is in Europe, the bloodiest historical war party zone on earth, and surrounded on every side by other countries. They are relatively small, and full of wealth. They are a high value target due to their hands in the global financial market. This is one reason they've tried so hard to foster their "neutrality" persona throughout history. To avoid being ransacked during wars. Worked for them during WWII, why not today? This doesn't mean they are ignorant of the dangers that surround them on every side.

The USA is much more capable of defending itself in every aspect. The biggest security threat to US citizens is their own out of control government.

That is a justifiable reason why people perceive the Swiss actions differently.

Prepping is an overall good lifestyle choice though, and reducing dependence on the machine creates a larger store of wealth for hard times.
This. After two world wars in which Switzerland maintained their neutrality they have learned to be independent. Wars happen every 50 years or less in Europe (historically) and it is a small, densely populated land mass. Any country in Europe would have a hell of a time taking over Switzerland due to it's populace and geography, not to mention their preparedness.

Interesting read on their neutrality:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland#Modern_history
 

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This. After two world wars in which Switzerland maintained their neutrality they have learned to be independent. Wars happen every 50 years or less in Europe (historically) and it is a small, densely populated land mass. Any country in Europe would have a hell of a time taking over Switzerland due to it's populace and geography, not to mention their preparedness.

Interesting read on their neutrality:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland#Modern_history
Switzerland didn't maintain neutrality. That is a lie. The Bank of International Settlements (in Basel, Switzerland) helped fund Nazi Germany. Why do you think Hitler avoided them? He didn't want to lose his financing. Germany was broke after WW1 and had huge reparations to make. How did they make a large military with huge debts from WW1 without some outside assistance?
 

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Switzerland didn't maintain neutrality. That is a lie. The Bank of International Settlements (in Basel, Switzerland) helped fund Nazi Germany. Why do you think Hitler avoided them? He didn't want to lose his financing. Germany was broke after WW1 and had huge reparations to make. How did they make a large military with huge debts from WW1 without some outside assistance?
How about you read the link. Neutrality doesn't mean that you don't do anything to interact with the countries involved in the hostilities. It means that you do not actively engage in hostilities against either side, you defend yourself. They traded and communicated with both sides throughout the war. They also engaged both sides in combat and captured military members from both sides. What do you expect them to do when surrounded in a land locked country? If the Allies saw the Swiss as such a huge component to Hitler's financing why didn't they decimate Switzerland just like they did German cities?

Quote from the link:
"During the war, the Swiss Air Force engaged aircraft of both sides, shooting down 11 intruding Luftwaffe planes in May and June 1940, then forcing down other intruders after a change of policy following threats from Germany. Over 100 Allied bombers and their crews were interned during the war. During 1944–45, Allied bombers mistakenly bombed a few places in Switzerland, among which were the cities of Schaffhausen, Basel and Zürich."
 
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