Renowned for its beauty and efficiency, Switzerland consists of 26 cantons, with the city of Bern acting as the seat of the federal authorities. Switzerland boarders five countries, Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east, and recognises four official languages, French, Italian, German and Romansch. Considered one of the most developed countries in the world, Switzerland ranks at, or near to the top of,several global surveys relating to the quality of life.
The cantons of Central Switzerland, including Zug, Luzern and Zürich are located in the very heart of Switzerland and offer an exceptionally high quality of living. Surrounding by mountains and punctuated with beautiful alpine lakes, the region offers easy access to some of the world’s most glorious natural environments and an almost limitless array of associated activities and pastimes. German is the official language of Central Switzerland, with English being widely spoken.
The canton of Zug comprises 11 different villages or ‘Gemeinden’ with the historic town of Zug being the largest Gemeinde with just under 30’000 inhabitants. Nestled between the cantons of Zurich and Luzern, Zug is a very international canton and home to many large international corporations. This beautiful town is situated on the shores of lake Zug and it offers a wonderful variety of cultural and recreational pastimes, including a very good selection of shops, restaurants, cinemas, theatres and sporting arenas. With easy access to some of the Europe’s top alpine resorts and the major cities of Zurich and Luzern at its fingertips, the canton provides an ideal base for many of our families. Both ISZL school campuses are situated in the canton and benefit from the beauty and amenities of this wonderful environment.
The canton of Luzern comprises of 83 gemeinden, with the city of Luzern being the largest gemeinde with 81’500 inhabitants. Luzern is a gem of a city, and one of Switzerland’s top tourist hotspots, due to its picture-perfect lakeside setting, historical old town and surrounding alpine scenery. Luzern hosts a number of large cultural events throughout the year, making very good use of its world-famous Culture and Congress Centre (KKL).
The canton of Zürich comprises of 166 different ‘gemeinden’ with the city of Zürich being the largest gemeinde with just over 400’000 inhabitants. Zürich is considered Switzerland’s major financial hub and offers all the amenities one would associate with a larger city – culture, great restaurants, excellent shopping and lots of entertainment possibilities.