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|Native to||Switzerland (as German), |
|4.93 million in Switzerland (2013)|
Unknown number in Germany (excluding Alsatian) and Austria
Swiss German (
Linguistically, Swiss German forms no unity. The linguistic division of Alemannic is rather into
The dialects of Swiss German must not be confused with
Unlike most regional languages in modern Europe, Swiss German is the spoken everyday language for the majority of all social levels in industrial cities, as well as in the countryside. Using the dialect conveys neither social nor educational inferiority and is done with pride. There are a few settings where speaking Standard German is demanded or polite, e.g., in education (but not during breaks in school lessons, where the teachers will speak in the dialect with students), in multilingual parliaments (the federal parliaments and a few cantonal and municipal ones), in the main news broadcast or in the presence of non-
In 2014, about 87% of the people living in German-speaking Switzerland were using Swiss German in their everyday lives.
Swiss German is intelligible to speakers of other
Dialect rock is a music genre using the language; many Swiss rock bands, however, alternatively rather sing in English.