Switzerland holds vote about cow horns

Q: Switzerland voted Sunday on an issue of national importance - whether to subsidize farmers who let their cows’ and goats’ horns grow naturally. Swiss voters said no. Where is Switzerland?

Circle the area on this map

Q: A Swiss farmer collected more than 100,000 signatures to force a vote on a proposal to pay farmers about $190 for each cow and about $37 for each goat that has not had its horns removed. Farmers routinely dehorn the animals to save money by using less space than the horned animals need to avoid injuring each other. Switzerland’s voting on referendums and initiatives is an example of what?

A. Anarchy

B. Authoritarianism

C. Communism

D. Direct democracy

Q: Switzerland is a federal republic made up of 26 cantons - once sovereign states which joined into a federal state under an 1848 constitution. What difference still exists among the cantons?

A. Form of government

B. Language

C. Religion

D. All of the above

Q: Before they adopted their constitution in 1848, the Swiss were members of a less unified confederation and suffered from conflicts between the Catholic and Protestant cantons. Their new government layout was inspired, in part, by which nation?

A. France

B. Germany

C. Italy

D. United States

Q: Switzerland is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, with an annual gross domestic product of $62,100 for each person. What tiny European neighbor of Switzerland is the richest nation?

A. Lebanon

B. Liberia

C. Liechtenstein

D. Lesotho

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