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Famous Swisss

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

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  • Paul Herman Muller chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Peter Muller alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Adolf Muschg writer
  • Oswald Myconius teacher, preacher
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  • Marie-Theres Nadig alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Jacques Necker French statesman
  • Claude Nicollier astronaut
  • Auguste de Niederhausern "Rodo" sculptor
O
  • Juste Olivier poet, translator
  • Johann Caspar von Orelli classical scholar
  • Konrad Osterwalder physicist, politician
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  • Daniele Pantano poet
  • Paracelsus physician, botanist, astrologer
  • Maya Pedersen-Bieri skeleton racer, Olympic medalist
  • Vincent Perez actor
  • Dominik Perler philosopher
  • Carlos Peron musician
  • Manuela Pesko snowboarder
  • Hans A. Pestalozzi social critic
  • Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi pedagogue, educational reformer
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  • Daniel Peter chocolatier, first to make milk chocolate
  • Oskar Pfister minister, psychoanalyst
  • Georges Piaget watchmaker
  • Jean Piaget psychologist, philosopher
  • Auguste Piccard explorer, inventor, physicist
  • Bertrand Piccard balloonist
  • Jean Piccard balloonist, chemist, engineer
  • Raoul Pictet physicist, first to liquefy nitrogen
  • Michael Plancherel mathematician
  • Carla Del Ponte prosecutor
  • Adolf Portmann zoologist
  • Walter Prager alpine skier
  • Fritz Puempin painter
  • Liselotte Pulver actress
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  • Eugene Rambert author
  • Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz writer
  • Clay Regazzoni race car driver
  • Werner Reinhart industrialist, philanthropist
  • Eugene Renevier geologist
  • Georges de Rham mathematician
  • Beat Richner pediatrician, founder childrens' hospitals in Cambodia
  • Alice Rivaz author
  • Heinrich Rohrer physicist, Nobel laureate
  • Hermann Rorschach psychiatrist, developer inkblot test
  • Marc Rosset tennis player, Olympic medalist
  • Yves Rossy pilot, inventor
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau philosopher, writer
  • Bernhard Russi alpine skier, Olympic medalist
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  • Jacqes Sablet painter
  • Ferdinand de Saussure linguist
  • Horace-Benedict de Saussure physicist
  • Jakob Schaffner novelist
  • Johann Jakob Scheuchzer scholar
  • Daniel Schmid film director
  • Vreni Schneider alpine ski racer, Olympic medalist
  • Patty Schnyder tennis player
  • Othmar Schoeck composer, conductor
  • Frithjof Schuon philosopher, author, metaphysician
  • Henri Schwery cardinal, bishop
  • Louis Secretan lawyer, mycologist
  • Thabo Sefolosha basketball player
  • Philippe Senderos footballer
  • Ludwig Senfl composer
  • Michel Simon actor
  • Eduard Spelterini balloonist, aerial photographer
  • Carl Spitteler poet, Nobel laureate
  • Johanna Spyri author of Heidi
  • Peter Stamm writer
  • Albert Steffen poet, dramatist, essayist
  • Emil Steinberger comedian, actor
  • Theophile Steinlen painter, printmaker
  • Mark Streit hockey player
  • Philippe Suchard chocolatier, industrialist
  • Martin Suter author
  • Harald Szeemann curator, art historian
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  • Sophie Taeuber-Arp artist, sculptor
  • Alain Tanner film director
  • William Tell legendary folk hero
  • Martin Tillman composer, cellist
  • Jean Tinguely painter, sculptor
  • Rodolphe Topffer author, cartoonist, caricature artist
  • Domenico Trezzini architect
  • Bernard Tschumi architect
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  • Felix Vallotton painter, printmaker
  • Silvio Varviso conductor
  • Alexandre Vinet theologian
  • Pierre Viret theologian
  • Lukas Vischer artist, traveler, collector
  • Andreas Vollenweider musician
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  • Maria Walliser alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Robert Walser writer
  • Silja Walter author, Benedictine nun
  • Stanislas Wawrinka tennis player
  • August Wenzinger cellist, conductor
  • Markus Werner author
  • Johann Jakob Wettstein theologian
  • Jean Wicki bobsledder, Olympic medalist
  • Niklaus Wirth computer scientist, programming languages designer
  • Kurt Wuthrich chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Daniel Albert Wyttenbach scholar
Y - Z
  • Alexandre Yersin physician, bacteriologist
  • Rolf M. Zinkernagel immunologist, Nobel laureate
  • Roland Zoss songwriter, novelist
  • John Joachim Zubly pastor, statesman
  • Peter Zumthor architect
  • Matthias Zurbriggen alpinist, mountain guide
  • Pirmin Zurbriggen alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Silvan Zurbriggen alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Theodor Zwinger physician, scholar
  • Huldrych Zwingli reformation leader, theologian
  • Alberich Zwyssig Cistercia monk, composer Swiss national anthem

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Land Area 39,997 km2
Water Area 1,280 km2
Total Area 41,277km2 (#132)
Population 8,179,294 (#97)
Population Density 204.50/km2
Government Type Federal Republic (formally A Confederation)
GDP (PPP) $496.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $59,400
Currency Franc (CHF)
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