Christianity is the predominant religion in Switzerland.. The 2000 census shows Swiss religious preferences as:
- 41.8% Roman Catholic
- 35.5% Protestants
- 11.1% have no religion
- 4.3% are Muslim
- 4.3% specified no religion
- 1.8% are Eastern Orthodox
- 1% other
- 0.4% other christian religions
In keeping with Swiss neutrality, Jesuits were the only religion barred from settling in Switzerland. The constitution of 1874 guaranteed full religious liberty but repeated the 1848 constitution’s prohibition of settlement by Jesuits and their affiliated societies. Finally, this anti-Jesuit article was repealed in a national referendum in 1973.
In a matter of minutes, the driver on Swiss roads can travel from a clear blue sky to an overcast, rainy region and see temperatures plunge.
On the plain, temperatures can rise to 30ºC (86ºF) in the summer and rarely drop below minus 5ºC (41ºF) in the winter. Now the mountains can get cold, especially the Alps to the South.
The best weather for sightseeing is June through October.