Hello, Swiss is probably one of the most exceptionnal country the world ever knew. For instance, it's probably one of the only one country who had many ethnic group inside it and stay peacefull without having an ethnic group dominating. For instance Russia is a multi ethnic country, but globally, the slaves dominate it all, the city of Belgium* is half french half dutch (okay, not exactly dutch) but have many troubles to stay united. French, italian, german live well together in Swiss without any dominating the other and it make swiss truly exceptionnal. Swiss have a long history of tolerance attracting persecuted intellectual of the whole europe as for instance Rousseau or Einstein. Why do I call the swiss federation the most democratic country of the world ? It's because the switzerland have something truly exceptionnal called popular initiative. At the opposite of the USA, it exist both at the local scale than to the federal one. It means that the citizens of swiss can directly impact their future without having to wait that their elites want to do it. Swiss are so a truly responsible of their own people, indenpendant people. The problem of most democracies is that an election is just a way to give up all your power to a governement for many years, and you have to wait the end of the mandate to be able to give your opinion again. *got the joke ?