Switzerland (German: Schweiz; French: Suisse; Italian: Svizzera; Romansh: Svizra or, officially the Swiss Confederation, hence its abbreviation CH,
is a federal republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the
federal authorities. The country is situated in western Europe, where it is
bordered by Germany to the
north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.
Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically
divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau
and the Jura, spanning an area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While
the Alps occupy the greater part of the
territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8 million people is concentrated
mostly on the Plateau, where the largest cities are to be found. Among them are
the two global cities and economic centres of Zurich and Geneva.
Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the
world by per capita gross domestic product, and has the highest wealth per
adult (financial and non-financial assets) of any country in the world. Zurich and Geneva
have respectively been ranked as the cities with the second and eighth highest
quality of life in the world. It has the world's nineteenth largest economy by
nominal GDP and the thirty-sixth largest by purchasing power parity. It is the twentieth
largest exporter and eighteenth largest importer of goods.
Switzerland comprises three main linguistic and
cultural regions: German, French, and Italian, to which the Romansh-speaking
valleys are added. The Swiss, therefore, though predominantly
German-speaking, do not form a nation in the sense of a common ethnic or
linguistic identity. The strong sense of belonging to the country is founded on
the common historical background, shared values (federalism and direct
democracy) and Alpine symbolism. The establishment of the Swiss Confederation
is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291; Swiss National Day is celebrated on
Wrestling in Switzerland
Wrestling in Swizzerland is
called Ringen (german), Lutte (french) or Lotta (italian).
The wrestling sports in Switzerland
is traditionally popular. Traditional sports include Swiss wrestling or
"Schwingen". It is an old tradition from
the rural central cantons and considered the national sport by some. Swiss Amateur Wrestling
Federation was in 1973, founded
in 1973 by the merger of several predecessor organizations.
Swiss Amateur Wrestling
Federation is divided into three
ORV -> Eastern Swiss Wrestling Federation
Fédération Suisse Romande de lutte amateur
Central Swiss Wrestling Federation
In Switzerland, about 30 clubs operate the wrestling
The International Amateur Wrestling Federation FILA has its headquarters in Lausanne, with currently a World Cup and European
Championship held. Since 2002,
the Swiss Raphaël
Martinetti is president of FILA.
Also Team competitions in Switzerland are very popular and often visited by more than thousand spectators.
Although Switzerland is a small country, succeeded again some
Swiss wrestlers to place themselves at the World top ten.
These were the last two decades: Ludwig Kueng, Christoph Feyer, Rolf Scherrer, Thomas Bucheli, Robert
Eggertswyler, Reto Bucher, Beat Motzer, Urs Bürgler und Alain Bifrare. At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles Hugo Dietsche
from Kriessern won the Bronze Medal in
Greco-Roman wrestling in the weight
class Featherweight (-62kg).
The last big success of an Swiss
wrestler got Reto Bucher from Freiamt.
With the fourth place at the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens, he hade an
The 23-year Pascal Strebel was the only Swiss
wrestler in London. Despite good
preparation with training camps
in Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, and in Crimea
they only managed the 15th Place.
league - Schweizer Nationalliga
The Nationalliga is a
wrestling league for Team competitions and is managed by Swiss Wrestling. The
league is splitted into two groups: Nationalliga A (NLA) and the Nationalliga B
(NLB). This Systems is similar to German Bundesliga. Champion of the NLA is
Ringerriege Hergiswil and Ringerriege Einsiedeln is Champion of NLB.
Teams of Schweizer Nationalliga:
- NLA: Ringerstaffel
Kriessern, Ringerriege Hergiswil, Ringerstaffel Freiamt, Ringerclub
Willisau, Ringerriege Schattdorf, Ringerriege Brunnen
- NLB: Ringerriege
Einsiedeln, Ringerclub Oberriet-Grabs, Club Olympic Domdidier,
Ringerstaffel Sense, Ringerriege Uzwil, Turnverein Ufhusen, Sportingclub
Martigny, Ringerclub Belp
The Team of Hergiswil is Champion of NLA.
Homepage Swiss Wrestling Federacion http://www.ringen.ch/
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