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explain 'CH' does this stand for switzerland?

i notice that people use the initial CH to refer to something but yet they name zurich and the other areas..

simply put... what does CH stand for?
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Re: explain 'CH' does this stand for switzerland?

"The Latin formal name of Switzerland, Confoederatio Helvetica is derived from the Helvetii, an ancient Celtic people in the Alpine region."

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland ( =/ )
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"The Latin formal name of Switzerland, Confoederatio Helvetica is derived from the Helvetii, an ancient Celtic people in the Alpine region."

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland ( =/ )

I see. interesting. so if its not zurich or the other larger towns, the rest is all referred to as CH?
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I see. interesting. so if its not zurich or the other larger towns, the rest is all referred to as CH?
CH is Switzerland's ISO country code. ISO (internation organization for standardization) refers to codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions.

germany's is de, austria's is at, france is fr ...

Browsing a political map of Switzerland, you'll notice that each of the twenty-six cantons also has one of these two letter codes.
see http://www.about.ch/cantons/index.html

I hope that clears things up for you.
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Re: explain 'CH' does this stand for switzerland?

Confédération Hèlvetique
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CH is Switzerland's ISO country code. ISO (internation organization for standardization) refers to codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions.

germany's is de, austria's is at, france is fr ...

Browsing a political map of Switzerland, you'll notice that each of the twenty-six cantons also has one of these two letter codes.
see http://www.about.ch/cantons/index.html

I hope that clears things up for you.

Yes i understand now, and thank you.
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Confédération Hèlvetique
That's actually French and would of course upset the German and Italian speaking Swiss. So CH is actually Latin:- Confoederatio Helvetica (see a CHF5 coin)...
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That's actually French and would of course upset the German and Italian speaking Swiss. So CH is actually Latin:- Confoederatio Helvetica (see a CHF5 coin)...
Quite so.

The French name for the country is Confédération Suisse, which upsets no one, Suisse often being used as another shorthand where four names are just too much.

IIRC the Republique Helvetique was a short lived centralised state when Switzerland was overrun by the French.
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Re: explain 'CH' does this stand for switzerland?

yeah, it survived a full 5 years

calling Switzerland its french name Suisse hardly annoys anybody, at least nowhere near as much if it were reversed, which is probably the reason the national teams usually sports the french name on their jerseys
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Re: explain 'CH' does this stand for switzerland?

I found a great resource about Swiss History and of the Helvetii ( who had Avenches / Aventicum as their capital city ):

http://kunden.eye.ch/swissgen/history.html

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Swiss History, But Were Afraid to Ask - compiled by K. Augustiny

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzer..._the_Roman_era

The Helvetii tribe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helvetii

http://www.interfaze.ch/Kelten-Schweiz.html









http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comment..._Bello_Gallico

( Commentaries on the Gallic War by Julius Caesar himself as a 3rd person narrative ).



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bibracte

http://suite101.com/article/the-caus...c-wars-a194171

http://www.emersonkent.com/map_archi...r_helvetii.htm

You can see the old names for present day towns and cities in CH.

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Re: explain 'CH' does this stand for switzerland?

A link about JC, Geneva and the envoy from the Helvetii 58 BC.

http://guides.wikinut.com/58-B.C.-Ca...neva/1k5abpxu/


When Julius Caesar first came to Geneva in 58 B.C., the Celtic tribe known as the Helvetii that lived in Central Switzerland vowed to move towards south-western France to settle in a fertile land they believe they deserve. Caesar did not agree as the 368,000 strong Helvetians might destroy lives and properties on their way. He also was informed that they would install in Toulouse, a Roman province with no borders. Also, a legion of Roman soldiers were annihilated by the Helvetii 50 years ago

The Helvetii came to Geneva and asked permission if they can cross the city's bridge, pass by the Roman province and go as far as the Rhone valley.http://history-switzerland.geschicht...y-summary.html

Julius Caesar did not agree, the Helvetii tribe insisted; the rest is further history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divico

A short history of CH:

http://history-switzerland.geschicht...y-summary.html

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Celtic tribes colonized Europe from the east. Around 500 B.C. they had reached Switzerland and eastern France. Their culture is known as the La Tène period (450 - 50 B.C.) of the Iron Age. This name comes from an excavation in western Switzerland (Lake of Neuchâtel). At this time, Switzerland's relatively flat midlands from Lake Geneva to Zurich were the territory of a celtic tribe named Helvetians.

The name of the Helvetians lives on as a keyword for everything that needs a short name not depending on one of the four official languages spoken in different parts of Switzerland. The label "HELVETIA" can be found on coins and postal stamps. while the Swiss top level internet domain ".ch" stands for "Confoederatio Helvetica", the latin version of "Swiss Confederation".
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Re: explain 'CH' does this stand for switzerland?

Roman cities in CH.

http://history-switzerland.geschicht...ge-romans.html

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As a rule of thumb, Swiss village names ending in -wil can be traced back to Roman villae (big farms), while others are of celtic origin: -dunum (= fence), -magus (field) and -briga (hill). Examples for celtic names include Minnodunum = Moudon, Eburodunum = Yverdon, Uromagus = Oron-la-Ville and Brig.
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Quite so.

The French name for the country is Confédération Suisse, which upsets no one, Suisse often being used as another shorthand where four names are just too much.

IIRC the Republique Helvetique was a short lived centralised state when Switzerland was overrun by the French.
But CH does NOT stand for the French name but clearly for the name in Latin language. This is not just an idea, it is law
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Out of curiosity, what would be the unpronounceable mix of consonants if one wanted to say Confoederatio Helvetica in german?
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Out of curiosity, what would be the unpronounceable mix of consonants if one wanted to say Confoederatio Helvetica in german?
Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft
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Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft
Or, literally, Helvetischer Bund.

Much simpler than in Englisch. Go figure.
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Or, literally, Helvetischer Bund.

Much simpler than in Englisch. Go figure.
doesn't sound that bad for once the eidgenoss.., whatever, is german for swiss confederation, that's another thing (though i'm aware of the meaning difference between eidgenossenschaft and confederation)
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Konföderàzio Hälvética.
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doesn't sound that bad for once the eidgenoss.., whatever, is german for swiss confederation, that's another thing (though i'm aware of the meaning difference between eidgenossenschaft and confederation)
Eidgenossenschaft IS a confederation.

Konföderazio Helvetikka in official /spoken) language
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