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Re: How does Switzerland manage four national languages?

Bear in mind they've been doing this successfully for a long time, with a strong federated setup which supports it.

In the armed forces, the conscripts are split by location and therefore by language. Dealing with the issue at higher levels isn't going to be that big a problem.

For the federal government they have multilingual experts who do translation, and each department of the federal government is not spread around that much - that's left to the cantons.

Romansch is a bit of a special case, it's only the sole language in a very small number of places with very low numbers of people, so most speak some form of German.

In shops in many cases there's an accepted word taken from German, French or now English which is used for their headline banners etc. Nobody cases if it says "Sale", "Ausverkauf" or "Soldes" as long as the discount is ok (I've seen all three in our local Migros).
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