Why Switzerland Has No Capital City

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  • Half as Interesting
    Half as Interesting2 muaj më parë

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  • manuel weichelt

    manuel weichelt

    19 orë më parë

    I agree on most of it except the choosing part it was probably not to balance power...(because bern wasn't small, actually canton bern was probably the strongest canton at that time also bigger than now...So more likely it was because of geographie quite central and there are a lot of french speaking swiss in bern, so they were more likely to accept bern than zurich...

  • Kaiser Wilhelm

    Kaiser Wilhelm

    2 ditë më parë

    Dislike for Audible!!!!!!!

  • Hedgehog


    3 ditë më parë

    On some maps the capital of South Africa is Pretoria, and on some it's Cape Town. Could you explain?

  • Marco _grt

    Marco _grt

    7 ditë më parë

    Everyone know the real capital of Switzerland is Vatican City

  • InsertDisName


    9 ditë më parë

    Nauru has no capital, even though many sources claim the Yaren District is the capital, it just has all the government buildings.

  • sona
    sona3 orë më parë

    I am a simple swiss man. I see Switzerland in the title, I click.

  • Joe Hoffmann
    Joe Hoffmann5 orë më parë

    You've gotten funnier... Good work.

  • Nirutivan 98
    Nirutivan 9810 orë më parë

    I’m sorry, but Lucerne was never bigger than Bern (at least since the founding of the federal state). Since Bern joined the federation, it always belonged to the more important and more powerful cities of Switzerland. So this part of the video isn’t that accurate (it is true in comparison with Zurich, but definitely not in comparison with Lucerne. When they decided where to locate the government, they determined three possible cities (Zurich, Lucerne and Bern) The main reasons for Bern were: - The city of Bern offered to provide the offices for free. - The City of Bern was closer to the frenchspeaking part of Switzerland. - Lucerne was on the loosing side of the last civil war and a big part of the population was against the new federal state - Zurich already was the biggest and economically most powerful city, so it was to powerful already.

  • 8inny
    8inny12 orë më parë

    Wtf. We all agree that Bern is our capital city even if its not written down in a law book

  • Daniel Webb
    Daniel Webb13 orë më parë

    How tf did you pronounce Lausanne?!?! It’s low-zan

  • Peter Goedtkindt
    Peter Goedtkindt13 orë më parë

    You forgot one language...Switzerland has has four official languages. Also nice to mention is the internet Top level domain of switzerland is not SW but CH which stands for Confoederatio Helvetica (Helvetic Confederation). Unrelated to this video, but another fun fact: the Belgian Federal sub-state of Flanders (Vlaanderen) has its capital outside of it's territory... like having the USA's capital in London... I'm both Belgian (from flanders) and Swiss.

  • Rob Bob
    Rob Bob14 orë më parë

    De jure: no capital De facto: Bern

  • Patrick Scroggin
    Patrick Scroggin17 orë më parë

    You didn’t even mention Romansch!

  • Romain Groux
    Romain Groux17 orë më parë

    Funny, being Swiss I did not know this. Now, even though it is true, two laws states that Bern holds the federal parliament, government and chancellery. Which even if is does not clearly state that it is the capital city, kind of make it de-facto ? www.fedlex.admin.ch/eli/cc/1997/2022_2022_2022/en www.fedlex.admin.ch/eli/cc/2003/510/en

  • ctwlk
    ctwlk19 orë më parë

    Sorry but one of these thumbs down is mine. As a Swiss citizen (I've been living my whole life there), the many shortcuts and overall inaccuracy of this video were embarrassingly painful to watch.

  • Indie Vlog NYC
    Indie Vlog NYC23 orë më parë

    Lasagna with ö=)

  • EclipsaMyrtenaster
    EclipsaMyrtenasterDitë më parë

    *Bern gets absolutely bombed* Switzerland: OH NO! OUR CAPITAL!... So what now?

  • Jeremy Thain
    Jeremy ThainDitë më parë

    If you're watching these videos to actually learn something because the topic is interesting the sarcastic tone and random unconnected random american pop culture references are very distracting

  • ngenius2
    ngenius2Ditë më parë

    Actually, Switzerland is well known for its "capital", not its capitol. Capitol, (with an O), is a seat of government. Capital (with an A), is essentially money. Easy way to remember: O is for office, A is for assets. You're welcome.

  • Nirutivan 98

    Nirutivan 98

    10 orë më parë

    Capital is absolutely correct. Capitol is just a government building, a capital is a city that is the administrative center and the seat of government of a country or subdivision. Capital has to different meanings in english. One is the one you mentioned, the other is the one used in this video.

  • polyhistorphilomath
    polyhistorphilomathDitë më parë

    The de facto capital, Bern, is unspecified at law. What I hear you saying is that Switzerland has a capital.

  • Shooty
    ShootyDitë më parë

    I'm Swiss live in the city of Lucerne and is a visit I suggest any traveler, as same as Bern, Lausanne and a bit of Alps around ;) Accurate video though, was fun to watch knowingly we are as you describe ahah

  • Jonathan Schmid
    Jonathan SchmidDitë më parë

    In the middle ages was also lucern for 7 months the capital city.

  • Jonathan Schmid
    Jonathan SchmidDitë më parë

    November 1848, the National Council and the Council of States chose the city of Berne as the federal seat of Switzerland, but it is not called the capital but the federal city. Many guests from abroad are surprised that Bern is the "capital" of Switzerland.

  • Jakub Korba
    Jakub KorbaDitë më parë

    “Alright, so we just gotta take over their capital and we take full control of their terrain” Switzerland: Try me

  • Adrien Gremaud
    Adrien GremaudDitë më parë

    Your content is really really good, well done

  • CJ Dayringer
    CJ DayringerDitë më parë

    Bernie Sanders is the capital of my heart

  • Julian R.
    Julian R.Ditë më parë

    Bern is actually a lot larger than Lucerne.

  • Nirutivan 98

    Nirutivan 98

    10 orë më parë

    Yes the part, that Bern was an unimportant city before it became seat of government isn’t true at all.

  • STFUandFY
    STFUandFYDitë më parë

    4:26 lausanne shoudnt sound like lasgnne 😂

  • Minesheap
    MinesheapDitë më parë

    Dammit how did you say lausanne!!

  • Daniel Duncan
    Daniel DuncanDitë më parë

    Switzerland is not a neutral country, and never has been.

  • Aqua_ man

    Aqua_ man

    Ditë më parë

    It is, but aight

  • MegKBaker
    MegKBakerDitë më parë

    Guess the swiss has democracy & neutrality tied down very well. But then again having Bern with the government is always good. 🇨🇭

  • Reto Jan Steinmann
    Reto Jan SteinmannDitë më parë

    Bern still is the defacto capital of Switzerland.

  • Green Sabre
    Green SabreDitë më parë

    Everyone : so where is your capital Switzerland: its just bern Everyone : oh rea- Switzerland: no Everyone : ಠ_ಠ Switzerland: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Tier Ex
    Tier ExDitë më parë

    4:25 the E in Lausanne is silent, so it dosnt sound like Lasagne

  • Aston Taylor
    Aston TaylorDitë më parë

    The same though process is why Washington DC is the Capital City and not in one of the original states.

  • Tyrann Chase
    Tyrann ChaseDitë më parë

    the way you pronounced lausanne made me cringe.

  • RudolfMaster
    RudolfMaster2 ditë më parë

    you don't need a capital if no one ever invades you

  • youonegavereal culla
    youonegavereal culla2 ditë më parë

    switzerland has no capital because it is the capital of europe get it?

  • Andreas Hölzel
    Andreas Hölzel2 ditë më parë

    Nice video, but Switzerland has FOUR languages: German, Italian, French AND a Romansh language.

  • Ivo Balliana
    Ivo Balliana2 ditë më parë

    Sorry, this video is telling you a lot of wrong things about Switzerland. The History of Switzerland is much more interesting and complex as it is been told in this video...

  • Not A FBI Agent
    Not A FBI Agent3 ditë më parë

    Can we just recognise how much of a sellout he is, like he's a walking billboard

  • Robin Haller

    Robin Haller

    2 ditë më parë

    It’s a good way to make money

  • Mischa Vökt
    Mischa Vökt4 ditë më parë

    I am from Switzerland and i actually didn‘t know this, i think we learned in school that bern is the capital

  • Alvaldong
    Alvaldong4 ditë më parë

    What about Zurich? I read somewhere (I can't remember) that Switzerland has two capitals, Bern and Zurich.

  • Noël Schubiger

    Noël Schubiger

    3 ditë më parë

    Definetly not Zurich, it had so much economic power so the swiss decided to not give them any federal political power of any sort

  • Lüc
    Lüc4 ditë më parë

    How can one actually miss that there was an election in 1868 in which bern was actually vited as the capital city. This is as correct as it would be to say "germany isnt an independetn state and still occupied because the prewords of the constitution say that this is the occupation constititution til the german folk gives itself sn constitution

  • WILL D
    WILL D4 ditë më parë

    Is it because picking a favorite city is stupid?

  • Oliver
    Oliver4 ditë më parë

    I love your sarcastic humor. Greetings from Switzerland.

  • tim maugsch
    tim maugsch4 ditë më parë

    this video is distgusting

  • Robin Haller

    Robin Haller

    2 ditë më parë


  • Louis Luigi
    Louis Luigi4 ditë më parë

    Bern is the capital you learn that in the schools in switzerland!

  • no
    no5 ditë më parë

    Well, Bern is actualy our capital.

  • Gameflyer001
    Gameflyer0015 ditë më parë

    Technically, de facto capital, not de jure.

  • kdegdiehrie
    kdegdiehrie5 ditë më parë

    Me come from swiss and thinks wtf

  • Ethan Toal Football
    Ethan Toal Football5 ditë më parë

    1:02 What did they say to get you to sell New York City down the river

  • Rosenberg's BIO Chicorée
    Rosenberg's BIO Chicorée5 ditë më parë

    The Video: Bern isn't the Capital City of Switzerland Me, as a Swiss: It isn't?

  • everysoundthereis


    Ditë më parë

    Right? I was like, wait what?

  • 300-bpm-experimental-hi-core
    300-bpm-experimental-hi-core5 ditë më parë

    Bern is literally the nicest city of switzerland. So many left-wing people live there and they got the best cultural places!

  • Dafoodmaster
    Dafoodmaster6 ditë më parë

    zurich is the capital they have the gross monster church

  • Christian Häner
    Christian Häner7 ditë më parë


  • Christian Häner
    Christian Häner7 ditë më parë

    Wir werden alle sterben

  • NoZrA 3
    NoZrA 37 ditë më parë

    1:26 Eminem has left the chat

  • Marronii
    Marronii8 ditë më parë

    nowhere is it stipulated that Bern is in fact the official capital of Switzerland. Two laws - Article 32External link of the Act on the Federal Assembly and Article 58External link of the Government and Administration Organisation Act - mention simply that “The Federal Assembly meets in Bern” and “The official seat of the Federal Council, the departments and the Federal Chancellery is the City of Bern”. In practice, however, with the presence of parliament, government and foreign embassies, Bern is well and truly the capital of Switzerland. You can google "swissinfo is bern the capital of switzerland" to find the whole story.

  • Nikola Vlaović
    Nikola Vlaović8 ditë më parë

    f audible

  • Everything’s fine :’-D
    Everything’s fine :’-D9 ditë më parë

    Haha!... you forgot the “Rumantsch” language though (we have 4 official languages).bursted laughing “Lausagna”... lasagna? 😹👍🏻

  • CG2 Shorts
    CG2 Shorts9 ditë më parë

    There is actually 2 Bern and Zurich

  • Learn German with Marzipanfrau
    Learn German with Marzipanfrau9 ditë më parë

    This is fake news. Bern was chosen as capital because it's in the middle of the country whereas the other cities are too close to the border.

  • Milk bun
    Milk bun9 ditë më parë

    I’m Swiss, I’m not ok with the things in here we are not just famous for cheese and chocolate we also don’t the Swiss guy from work so dear US stop! And a small Swiss German lesson, take bünzli in your vocabular thanks

  • David Tattersall
    David Tattersall9 ditë më parë

    That Lausanne pronounciation. Ooooof

  • J. Kensis
    J. Kensis9 ditë më parë

    Bern is not so intimidating as the biger citys thats wrong for all i know there is a reason why its such a big kanton at some point they even controlled the city Aarau witch now is the capital of the Kanton Aargau and located next to Zürich. I am sure that Bern had big influence in the country when the location of the Parlament was decided.

  • Aura Verdigris
    Aura Verdigris9 ditë më parë

    At least we can agree that its not Zurich, god forbid.

  • Jimmy The Wig
    Jimmy The Wig9 ditë më parë

    Switzerland has no capital. So it's switzerland, then?

  • Platonic
    Platonic10 ditë më parë

    For all those who think we are rich; We are only rich if we are OUTSIDE of Switzerland. You pay around 5-6 dollar for a half liter beer and thats cheap. If you go into a night club in zurich you pay for 1 regular vodka redbull up to 20 dollars. Yes most of us earn 5000 USD per month and thats a normal salary for a normal person, from there it can go up to 6000 or even 7000 for the better jobs, but as soon as you have kids those 7000 are actually worthless and nowhere near a good life, cause everything here is so fucking expensive.

  • Skye Anonymous
    Skye Anonymous10 ditë më parë

    I'll be the SJW and say that you shouldn't joke about adopted children being less-than. It's obviously not helpful to anyone and just makes kids and parents feel like they're not good enough

  • Chris McCabe
    Chris McCabe10 ditë më parë

    both world wars were planned in switzerland as well as the overthrow of the russian czar(it was no mistake lenon was in switzerland before the overthrow of the czar). the only reason switzerland wasn't invaded by hitler was because that is where the private banksters of the world have there hq. the fact that they werent invaded by either side during both world wars because they were neutral is false. do your own reasearch and dont belive some youtube channel that spent 20 minutes reading 1 article on the topic.

  • The Major
    The Major11 ditë më parë

    Actually, Bern is the capital of Bern... Geneva is the Capital of whoknowswhere, and each and every person alive that voted for the Dems should be commit not alive by force. Because why should city people decide what's best for the country when they don't even know what's best for themselves, and when 90% of the map voted for God Emperor Trump, 10% of the map voted for Kamala Harris, because let's face it, there's no way the Democratic party is gonna keep Old "SenileDementia" Joseph alive. However I mean they did put Nancy back in her seat, as supreme nincompoop of the house. So yeah, reality is apparently what the (zorz.soros) followers make it. And yes that's a decent way of writing that uncouth persons name due to old spellings.

  • Aernout Bakels
    Aernout Bakels11 ditë më parë

    Naming Lucerne as 'big cities', even though Bern has 75% more people as Luzern (how Swiss people write it themselves).

  • DearRoblox
    DearRoblox12 ditë më parë

    Switzerland has no capital but corona does

  • NPJ Global
    NPJ Global12 ditë më parë

    2:40 seriously though, stop labelling french speaking people as pretentious, this is getting old

  • Lumierre
    Lumierre12 ditë më parë

    The Taylor Swift joke was God tier.

  • Yann Beauvallet
    Yann Beauvallet12 ditë më parë

    People have died saying swiss cheese has holes. Especially when you show a picture of Gruyere that should have no holes.

  • Juju the weeboo
    Juju the weeboo12 ditë më parë

    Me watching as a Swiss like 👁👄👁

  • Nicolas Boschung
    Nicolas Boschung13 ditë më parë

    How can you justify that? You don't need to tell stories when the capital is obviously bern. The government is there and it's not your job to be clever and think of it otherwise

  • Damien Fountain
    Damien Fountain13 ditë më parë

    Your ad transitions are flawless and the honest best part of the video

  • kaikaichen
    kaikaichen14 ditë më parë

    Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, the Dutch government, the Dutch monarchy and the Dutch supreme court are all located in The Hague... yet Amsterdam is the capital simply because the constitution says so.

  • Stephanie Stansell
    Stephanie Stansell14 ditë më parë


  • Danny Archer
    Danny Archer14 ditë më parë

    Hook and loop

  • dkstruska
    dkstruska14 ditë më parë

    The capital of Switzerland is S.

  • Alex
    Alex14 ditë më parë

    Shouldn't it be spelt 'capitol'?

  • Techi
    Techi15 ditë më parë

    I am kinda amazed that everyone says its Bern though its very clearly Zurich. Now thats totaly not because i spend around most of my Childhood summers (Thats 6 Weeks every single Summer until i was like 8) in Zurich, and actualy know my way around there pretty well. So well infact that you can hand me a map of Zurich and i can tell you about many things like that big fat massive Mall that i always went to and wich had like a big fat massive Gamestop and the first ever Kaufland i visited. Its also certainly not because i had many firsts there too and that the climate is absolutely my thing. No its actualy because ... uh ... i woke up in a field there and thats my first memory?

  • WhishiWhooshi
    WhishiWhooshi16 ditë më parë

    Switzerland should've just done what the United States did with Washington D.C, make the federal capital not apart of any of the cantons.

  • Elia H.
    Elia H.16 ditë më parë

    I‘m a 20 year old Swiss and didn‘t knew this...

  • WithTheWorks
    WithTheWorks17 ditë më parë

    'annoying accents' cheers, I'll drink to that bro, swiss german sounds like german with a Scottish accent

  • Ambergris
    Ambergris17 ditë më parë

    Everything you said about Switzerland was correct, except for the fact that the pretentious cantons are the German speaking ones. Which is weird, because you'll find better food, better wine and better landscapes in the French speaking ones... Oh, and I don't think Lucerne/Luzern is bigger than Bern, Basel is though. Lausanne as well in fact. And the Italian speaking part is so much more than just spicy meatballs, it's just a gem of the world.

  • Ikarian 3
    Ikarian 317 ditë më parë

    Some men just want to watch the world Bern.

  • Joey Bulford
    Joey Bulford18 ditë më parë

    It’s Basel. Basel is the capital of Switzerland, and the world #BIS

  • Les Paul

    Les Paul

    17 ditë më parë

    It's not though. Beautiful city though

  • Ciopi92
    Ciopi9218 ditë më parë

    You killed me with the prononciation of lausanne 😂 It's pronounced Losan, not lasagna

  • diggie Constalation
    diggie Constalation19 ditë më parë

    4:49 me: Already knows it means half as interesting. My brain: HAI HAI!!

  • Eviation
    Eviation20 ditë më parë

    Bern is the political capital of Switzerland Zürich is the economic capital of Switzerland and Geneva is the diplomatic capital of Switzerland

  • Drew Smith
    Drew Smith21 ditë më parë

    Switzerland is one, giant meme.

  • sabiq rusydi
    sabiq rusydi21 ditë më parë

    I thought it was Zurich

  • Napoleon Meow parte
    Napoleon Meow parte23 ditë më parë

    The only not so interesting things are the jokes

  • Carlos Salvatierra
    Carlos Salvatierra24 ditë më parë

    Cocoa extracts.

  • PsychoLucario
    PsychoLucario24 ditë më parë

    tldr, its like how washington dc is the federal capital of the USA, but all the states have their own capitals

  • SLY cooper43
    SLY cooper4327 ditë më parë

    4:36 instructions not clear, yelled at someone for watching this video

  • alpinestartgate
    alpinestartgate28 ditë më parë

    Just to add some more information: Bern wasn‘t chosen at random. There was basically a „fight“ between Zurich and Bern on who would be the government city. At the same time there was a discussion about where to put the university and Zurich really wanted that. So Zurich got a university and then Bern was like „It would be reaaally unfair if Zurich got the University and the government building ... so can I has government?“ And everyone said yes except Zurich who said „you tricked me now I hate you“ and forgot all about it after snorting too much coke. The end.

  • Goose Man
    Goose ManMuaj më parë

    No wonder Switzerland has such stunning nature, they’re so neutral they don’t get acid rain

  • Andrew Mechem
    Andrew MechemMuaj më parë

    I work with a Swiss person. She told me this on my birthday, which is the day you released this. While I'm only seeing this video now, I think she set some wheels in motion. You're a lot funnier than the Wendover version would have us believe. This stuff is great too. Props on your range.

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