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The pyramid-shaped, wooded mountain of Monte San Giorgio beside Lake Lugano is regarded as the best fossil record of marine life from the Triassic Period (245–230 million years ago). The sequence records life in a tropical lagoon environment, sheltered and partially separated from the open sea by an offshore reef. Diverse marine life flourished within this lagoon, including reptiles, fish, bivalves, ammonites, echinoderms and crustaceans. Because the lagoon was near land, the remains also include land-based fossils of reptiles, insects and plants, resulting in an extremely rich source of fossils.
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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Switzerland. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Switzerland.
Currencie(s): Swiss franc
Switzerland is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.38 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Lugano Prealps is 16.
16 for beer and wine/18 for spirits
Age of Consent: 16 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Switzerland.
Switzerland scores a 8/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / J
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 10.3 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Switzerland.