What is the capital of Switzerland?

Bern is the political capital of the Swiss Confederation. Many people erroneously suppose that Geneva is. From the close of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 until 1848 Bern, Zurich and Lucerne shared equally the honor of being the capital and the seat of government shifted from one to the other every two years. In 1848 a Federal law made Bern the sole political capital and designated it the permanent seat of the Swiss government and the place of. residence of foreign Ministers accredited to’ Switzerland. Bern is a corruption of the German word for “bears.” According to tradition the city was founded in 1191 A.D. by the German Duke Berthold V on a site where he had killed several bears while hunting. The image of a bear occurred in the earliest known coat.of arms of the city and the bear is still the emblem of Bern. Pastries, candies, pipes, toilet articles and all sorts of things bearing the image of: the bear are sold in shops in Bern, and the likeness of this- animal figures in door knockers, gates, fountains and lampposts . throughout the city, For centuries live bears have been kept on exhibition in pits at public expense. During the French Revolution the famous bears of Bern were taken as prisoners to Paris.