Switzerland has its
own unique cultural traditions, which are a mixture of the cultures of
Germany, Italy and France. The combination of cultural, linguistic,
culinary, musical and literary influences from these three nations has
led to the creation of a Swiss culture that is a synthesis of elements.
Creative artists and designers such as the sculptor Alberto Giacometti
and the architect Le Corbusier are from Switzerland. Albert Einstein
worked at the Swiss patent office while independently developing his
Theory of Relativity.
Local Government: Switzerland is characterized by its democratic
life. The Swiss villages or cantons manage the affairs of each village
and region. Town hall meetings and local elections are held where
decisions are taken about a range of local issues including education,
taxation, town planning and healthcare.