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Bread in Switzerland

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Switzerland claims it has more varieties of bread than any other country - between 200 and 300 kinds, rivalling the number of its cheeses.

Every canton has its own traditional loaf, and then there are all kinds of special breads baked for different occasions: for christenings, weddings and funerals, for religious holidays and carnival time. Not surprisingly, there are all sorts of stories and traditions linked with these breads.

If the Swiss are so inventive about what they put into their loaves and the shapes they bake them in, perhaps it isn't surprising, since they've had time to accumulate plenty of experience: their ancestors were baking bread here nearly 6,000 years ago.

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