Religious education in Switzerland

Authored by: René de Mortanges , Raimund Süess

The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415536301
eBook ISBN: 9780203106075
Adobe ISBN: 9781136256424

10.4324/9780203106075.ch47

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Abstract

Switzerland geographically lies in the middle of Europe. It is not a member of the European Union, but is connected to it by several bilateral treaties. The model of the republican federal state forms the basis of the Swiss Constitution. Besides the federal government, the 26 constituent states, the cantons, also have considerable duties and competences. Out of the 7.8 million inhabitants of Switzerland, 21.6 percent are foreigners. The majority of the population belongs to a Christian denomination: 42 percent of the inhabitants are members of the Roman Catholic Church; 33 percent are members of the Protestant church; 4.2 percent belong to a Muslim community; 0.25 percent belong to a Jewish community; and 11 percent of the population is unaffiliated. The rest of the population belongs to different religions. 2

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