Why Switzerland is the Safest Place if WW3 Ever Begins
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Why Switzerland is the Safest Place if WW3 Ever Begins

August 20, 2019

This is a RealLifeLore video, made possible by Hover. Get 10% off your custom domain or email from Hover at hover.com/RealLifeLore Switzerland is a tiny landlocked country surrounded by France, Germany, Italy and Austria. If you’ve ever looked at a map of the European Union you’ll notice an awkward blob in the middle which doesn’t belong to it and that blob is Switzerland. Switzerland is famously neutral and in addition to not being a part of the EU, it’s also not a member of Nato and it didn’t even join the United Nations until pretty recently in 2002. In fact, Switzerland is so neutral that it hasn’t fought a single war in over 200 years. The last one being against Napoleon in 1815. All of this is despite the fact that Switzerland is in the middle of Europe and surrounded by historically more aggressive countries. So why is it that Switzerland has been such a stable and safe place for centuries? The answer lies in understanding the geography of Switzerland. The country can really be divided into three separate parts. In the South are the Swiss Alps. A gigantic mountain range that covers most of Switzerland’s territory and separates it from Italy and Austria. To the West and North are the Jura Mountains a range much smaller than the Alps but still large enough to separate the country from France. And Finally there is the Swiss Plateau. A basin dotted by Rolling hills Rivers and lakes that is home to most of Switzerland’s population. It’s no accident that Switzerland’s major cities are all located in this region instead of the other two. But it’s not as easy of a defensible position either. Switzerland has long been a little paranoid about a foreign invasion and it’s not without good reason. In the first World War Germany invaded neutral Belgium in order to attack France in a more vulnerable position and in the second World War Switzerland found herself in 1940 to be completely surrounded by axis occupied territory and faced an imminent threat of invasion from Nazi Germany. The invasion never happened, but fears persisted into the Cold War of a potential Soviet invasion and that attitude has never fully gone away Switzerland’s plan for dealing with a potential invasion from anybody was called The National Redoubt and it was essentially intended to make any possible enemy look at the map look at Switzerland and think to themselves: “No thanks, I’ll take over something a little easier instead”. The first reason why is Switzerland continues to have mandatory mail conscription meaning that all men have to serve in the military for 170 days and receive basic training. They enter into the reserves afterwards and keep their rifles at their home. And although many get exemptions, Switzerland has the ability to mobilize over 200,000 soldiers within 72 hours of an emergency being declared. In addition, every road, bridge, tunnel and railroad in the country has been designed in a way that they can be remotely blown up to deny a possible invader from ever using them. There are over 3000 of these points that can be blown up inside of the country including entire mountain sides that can be detonated to cause a landslide to block off entire roads. In addition to all of this, the modern Swiss military strategy has always been to abandon the plateau and the city centers and retreat almost the entire military into the alpine region. Here high in the mountains the swiss have built over 26,000 bunkers and fortified positions ranging from anti-tank guns anti-air guns or machine gun nests. They are camouflaged like this anti-tank gun that looks like a rock or this barn that’s actually a machine-gun nest on the left and an anti-tank gun on the right and both of these are connected by a tunnel underground. There are camouflage positions like these all over the alpine region of Switzerland which means that the entire country is basically one big booby trap. An impregnable castle in the center of Europe. This is why Switzerland has been able to remain neutral throughout some of the most difficult times in European history. But many now question the importance of this defensive and neutral mindset. Germany, Austria, Italy and France are today all European Union member states and have no militaristic intentions on conquering Switzerland. The National Redoubt has seen many of its fortresses and bunkers turned into museums in the last Few years and Switzerland is planning on downsizing its military from around 200,000 to only 80,000 by the year 2020. But nonetheless, one place that Switzerland will always be is the safest place in the world to possibly be at in the event of a global nuclear war. This is because Switzerland is the only country in the World to have enough nuclear fallout shelters to house their entire population. In fact, Switzerland has enough fallout shelters to house 114% of their population. Meaning that even in the event of a large refugee influx the country would still have enough shelters to fit everybody inside of them. All residential buildings inside of the country built after 1978 are mandated by law to contain a nuclear shelter capable of surviving a 12 megaton blast from a distance of 700 meters away. As of 2006, there are over 8.6 million fallout shelters located throughout the country ranging in sizes like this in a normal house, up to gigantic public shelters built inside of tunnels that can house over 2,000 people for over four months. In the event of a nuclear attack on Switzerland it is possible that the entire population of the country could retreat to their bunkers and continue fighting off any invader after the bombs have exploded. Not even nuclear weapons can conquer the fortress of Switzerland and it has been said before that in the event of a global nuclear war the only survivors would be the heads of state of a few countries, cockroaches and 8.4 million Swiss citizens. If a nuclear war ever does happen, then the swiss have enough bunkers for not only them but a few friends to survive it all through with. So remember this when it may become important later. Switzerland is likely the safest place you could possibly be during the event of a nuclear war or World War 3. Before you start making plans to visit though It would be nice to let other people know about what you just learned. 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  • Reply Erika Gnieser August 9, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    0:14 and Liechtenstein

  • Reply David Graf August 9, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Sometimes I ask myself, why can't all countries be as neutral as Switzerland.

  • Reply Fiamma Nera Patrick August 10, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Why did you have to give away Switzerland's secret?

  • Reply Pitis86 August 10, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    They would survive bc they keep the money of those who will start it

  • Reply Gacha Galáctico August 10, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    World wars: happen
    Swiss: no

  • Reply Toast Toast August 10, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    RealLifeLore: Switzerland is surroundet by Germany, Austria, Italy and France.

    Liechtenstein: Am I a joke to you???

  • Reply General Dakota August 10, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Other Safe areas in my opinion

    Some of Canada's islands



    Possibly new Zealand

    Barrow Alaska

    No touching zone

    Block island.

  • Reply ksjsks _ August 10, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    It's like sweden

  • Reply SmileGamez August 11, 2019 at 8:48 am

    I mean Sweden hasnt been at War for over 200 years so…. im gonna stay on Sweden

  • Reply akaari chan August 11, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Hi i live swizerland XD

  • Reply The Captain August 11, 2019 at 10:48 am

    0:15 Liechtenstein:Am i a not a joke to you

  • Reply Bifröst Beberast August 11, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    They take their little country too important 😀

  • Reply Dummy Thicc August 12, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Nuclear winters don’t care if you’re neutral

  • Reply J P August 12, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Switzerland is the safest place in WW3
    Laughs in isolated Australia desert

  • Reply InventPress August 12, 2019 at 8:02 am

    the little neighbor of switzerland was forgotten 🙁
    1 like = 1 F

  • Reply Phantomツ August 12, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Nah islands safer

  • Reply Faiqah Ghufron August 12, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Lol blob

  • Reply sunset studios August 12, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Kosovo is serbia

  • Reply Michelle Caruana August 12, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Malta is also part of the EU

  • Reply КОСОВО ЈЕ АЛБАНИЈА August 12, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    RealLifeLore: Switzerland is surrounded by France,Germany,Italy and Austria

    Liechtenstein: Am I a joke to you?!

  • Reply omnom409 Fressmichvoll August 12, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    they almost seem to be paranoid to get attacked.

  • Reply Icetea l3mon August 12, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Some bunkers are used as normal basements in apartment buildings 😀

  • Reply Random Dude August 12, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Why would I tell people Switzerland is the safest place for WW3? I don't want more people to go there.

  • Reply valerio menghini August 12, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Switzland: being the most safe place in we3

    Nuclear radiation: am i a joke to you?

  • Reply Samuel Iverson August 13, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Sounds like Switzerland is defending itself just like how Iwo Jima defended itself in ww2. The same tactics in defense.

  • Reply Stephen Courton August 13, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Actually Southern Hemisphere which few nukes go off. And since radiation fallout declines 99% in days, by time filters to Southern Hemisphere is not highly dangerous.

  • Reply Jisoo's Husband August 13, 2019 at 4:31 am

    what is ww3

  • Reply R August 13, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Yhyh just bait out my hiding spot??

  • Reply ass pass city August 13, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Nobody is safe from war

  • Reply Connor Hutchings August 13, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    why is the island of wight not blue?

  • Reply Reggie Spiritwalker August 14, 2019 at 3:39 am

    What a load of crap
    The Swiss would be nuked off the face of the Earth
    East Asia would be the safest place to survive

  • Reply [Lenny Face] August 14, 2019 at 6:24 am

    I rather dig down and cover th top

  • Reply Bronytendo August 14, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Hitler: Hätte ich meine Führung doch lieber in der Schweiz gehabt.

  • Reply Stevenotvevo August 14, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    but they can just nuke it

  • Reply Stevenotvevo August 14, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I was in switzerland 3 times and I loved it its so homey

  • Reply Nicola Mawson August 14, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    0:13 Liechtenstein: Am i a joke to u!?

  • Reply AmericanGamer21 August 14, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Punta Arenas is the safest place

  • Reply Kara Tilki August 14, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Safest place during ww 678888

  • Reply Yuan._.Osaka August 15, 2019 at 2:34 am

    Wo sind alli liachtastaner dia sich nur so denken: ????? ????? ? ??? ????

  • Reply Rickï Nøm August 15, 2019 at 5:30 am

    Lsd was also founded in Switzerland.

  • Reply PYTHAGORAS August 15, 2019 at 8:13 am

    The French title translation is so horrible

  • Reply Bixi Albert August 15, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Russia cuz of snow

  • Reply Bixi Albert August 15, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    And Albania because of its bunkers

  • Reply Mark Prothro August 15, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Nuclear fallout

  • Reply Yzen k0w August 15, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    WW3 Happens

    Me, that lives in Switzerland: Laughs in Bunker

  • Reply Matthew Huszarik August 15, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    The cloud of radiation contamination won’t stop at the Swiss boarder.

  • Reply Kailan Campbell August 15, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    first 16 seconds
    Me: sad Lichenstein noises

  • Reply Lreb Sten August 15, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    All of this is ridiculous propaganda. LOL Fallout shelters are no good without food and clean water. What good is being stuck in a fallout shelter when you die of thirst and starve? If you go outside, you end up dying a slow death because you are going out to get contaminated food, water, air and a HUGE dose of radiation that no radiation pill could ever protect you from.

    The size of the army is a joke. And the, “military defense”, is a TOTAL joke. It is propaganda MADE to make only an IDIOT feel safe.


    Switzerland ‘s strength lies in the ECONOMIC and FINANCIAL realm – and it ALWAYS has. This Economic and Financial defense system makes Switzerland powerful, but yet vulnerable to only a certain number of countries – all of those countries are Economic powerhouses. Like the USA, China, Russia, etc. Switzerland’s greatest defense is NEVER pissing off all of these power houses off at one time – as long as these powerful countries never come together as a Bloc, Switzerland will ALWAYS be of value and protected by at least ONE of these allies.

    Switzerland HAS NO PHYSICAL DEFENSE AND NEVER HAD. Physical defense is propaganda and a pipe dream and the Swiss know this deep down. Switzerland uses Economics, Public Policy, Trade, etc. to form smart alliances with EVERYONE!

    If Switzerland did not form its OWN alliances – and joined the EU and NATO – it would be at EVERYONE’S mercy and be wiped off the face of the planet. Switzerland is a land locked country that could EASILY be brought to its knees, without ever firing a SINGLE shot! If you put economic sanctions on Switzerland, froze bank accounts, etc. and formed a trade embargo around it, Switzerland would not last 2 years. (What is the point of blowing up your own Swiss bridge then? It just means that now Swiss people WILL NOW STARVE TO DEATH WITH NO SYSTEM OF OUTSIDE IMPORT LINES).

    Cuba has survived DECADES of embargoes – lifted just recently – because of its alliance with Germany, China, Russia, etc.

    Switzerland is THE MOST VULNERABLE COUNTRY PHYSICALLY AND STRATEGICALLY ON THE PLANET!! (So this video is EXTREMELY laughable for its propaganda and only an idiot would believe it).

    Switzerland ‘s power will ALWAYS come from its alliances. With 300+ powerful friends on the planet, how does Switzerland ever have any enemies? If it makes an enemy, it has 299 countries that – have a vested interest in it – and will rush to its aid. (And even then, the Swiss are MASTERS AT DIPLOMACY and making that country a friend again).

    Switzerland is like that friend at University that EVERYONE KNOWS AND LOVES.

    But the downside is that Switzerland is ALSO the deceitful collaborator you never knew you had as a friend. Switzerland had and will ALWAYS have to have SECRET ALLIANCES as well as public alliances in order to ensure its physical safety.

    There is STILL STOLEN PROPERTY THAT SWITZERLAND HAS PROFITED FROM, FROM WWll AND HITLER THAT WILL NEVER BE IN THE HANDS OF ITS RIGHTFUL OWNERS. The Swiss did not get crushed by the Nazis simply because it made itself INDISPENSABLE to the Nazis by taking care of Nazis gold, silver, money, artifacts, paintings, sculptures, etc. And in WWll Swiss secrecy was LEGENDARY. SWITZERLAND HAS AND NEVER HAD FUNCTIONAL DETERRENTS TO PHYSICAL INVASION. Switzerland survives on intelligence, moxy and collaborating indiscriminately with EVERYONE .. good or bad.

    Before the world put pressure on Switzerland, every dictator, criminal, warlord, etc. benefited from Swiss secrecy laws on finances. But now Switzerland has more financial transparency than ever before.

  • Reply Rock N. Roll August 15, 2019 at 11:54 pm


  • Reply Pusheen Plushycutie August 16, 2019 at 12:09 am

    No ireland is ok I lied

  • Reply xygomorphic44 August 16, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Switzerland –
    Attack: 1
    Defense: 99

  • Reply MrKqmil0 August 16, 2019 at 2:02 am

    WW3 Starts
    Switzerland:Popcorn Time

  • Reply Katherina Sanchezꨄ August 16, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Cockroaches… lmao I’m so dead i dun even kno y Xd

  • Reply James Mac Coisteala August 16, 2019 at 6:00 am

    I'm Irish but living in Switzerland for 2 years, it's not just the safest country in the event of a nuclear war, it's the safest country in the world regarding crime and immigration and it's one of the richest countries in the world also, but it is a notoriously difficult country to get into and it takes so much time to get all the correct documents that you need to live and work here, you need a lot of patience for all the red tape and legal pit falls you have to go through, it took me nearly a year just to get all my documents and I'm European, and it is even worse for non Europeans.!

  • Reply GamerX - Gaming August 16, 2019 at 11:25 am


  • Reply The Diabetic Walnut August 16, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    I’m glad I am eligible for Swiss citizenship when the world goes to shit.

  • Reply -——- August 16, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Deswegen wohnen da nur reiche

  • Reply Albanian national Socialist August 16, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Lichtenstein “ am i joke too you ?

  • Reply R o s a l August 16, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    me: making plans to move in Switzerland after watching a video
    Switzerland: am i a joke to you?

  • Reply Ruggezugge zagg August 16, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Europe Joined the server
    USA Joined the server
    Asia Joined the server
    Public : Hey let’s start a war !

    Switzerland left the chat

  • Reply SPOILED BY TIME August 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Honestly i'd love to serve for Swiss army

  • Reply PLANECRAZY 380 August 16, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Switzerland, he safest place in the world and avoiding wars for centuries to decades and ongoing!!!!!!

  • Reply narbay Wat August 17, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Let's live in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. That's the safest place if WW3 begins.

  • Reply Latysha L. August 17, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Dayum, I need to move to Switzerland.

  • Reply KrümelOfc August 17, 2019 at 9:31 am

    saftig segi nur

  • Reply Mohammed Hamza August 17, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Australia and newzeland will also survive

  • Reply SUPERSAYAN_567 YT August 17, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    hahahaha i'm in switzerland bitches

  • Reply roger wang August 17, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Liechtenstein: ;-;

  • Reply Michele E Boyer August 17, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Also Liechtenstein.

  • Reply Michele E Boyer August 17, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Switzerland needs to join EU.

  • Reply Michele E Boyer August 17, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    We r safe in ww3

  • Reply 摩天楼オペラ August 17, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Good to know, moving in with pewdiepie.

  • Reply BY00T August 17, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    thanks! I'm in switzerland im safeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  • Reply Bardh Shala August 17, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Don’t tell are secrets?

  • Reply Mr John August 17, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    You can send bombs from another continent now.

  • Reply ThirdPartyEJ Juliana August 18, 2019 at 2:56 am

    France: I used to have the best defense ever!

    Switzerland: Have you seen this? blows up mountain side causing landslides

  • Reply ThirdPartyEJ Juliana August 18, 2019 at 2:59 am

    The Swiss has been building up their defenses in the last 200 years. Well then, it’s my next vacation this summer!

  • Reply Food Drinkers August 18, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Camper 100

  • Reply Al Sargent August 18, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Liechtenstein: Am I a joke to you?

  • Reply Urge_ Vibez August 18, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    I’m packing my bags, and I’m moving to Switzerland.

  • Reply Lago August 18, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Don't mind me just packing my bags

  • Reply IsaacTheHero 113 August 18, 2019 at 2:22 pm


  • Reply V1perrYT August 18, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    What about central america like Guatemala, Costa Rica or Colombia

  • Reply Alex So August 18, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    What about Australia? It’s so far away

  • Reply Reasonless August 18, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Please say something about Liechtenstein ??

  • Reply Pnv Des August 18, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Says coach roaches would survive but shows a beetle…

  • Reply Shirine Shahet August 18, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    1:27 isn’t that France?

  • Reply Samuel Maturino August 19, 2019 at 3:27 am

    When the war starts, I'll just move to that country.

  • Reply Nathan Bell August 19, 2019 at 5:40 am

    Damn. Talk about "Speak softly and carry a big stick"!

  • Reply Sumaes1 August 19, 2019 at 7:41 am

    My man's forgot about liechtenstein

  • Reply Swiss 002 August 19, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    I live in switzerland and not all men have to go to the military only people who are swiss or have swiss passports. And those huts are just huts

  • Reply Eli Egbert August 19, 2019 at 3:27 pm


  • Reply Aisha Mahjoub August 19, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Everyone… To Switzerland now..

    I heard they've got great chocolate.

  • Reply MrThecyrille34 August 19, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    In Switzerland there is some highways that are made as landing runways for military planes

  • Reply Light August 19, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    I'm sorry to break it to you but if world war 3 happened, we're all fucked. Doesn't matter where you are, you're going to fucking die regardless. Switzerland might be a safe place for this first year of half a year of the war, but after that, don't think so.

  • Reply Rhett Bull August 20, 2019 at 2:39 am

    what happens when you max out your defense stats

  • Reply Rhett Bull August 20, 2019 at 2:44 am

    Switzerland took inspiration from Home Alone

  • Reply Swagking Gameing August 20, 2019 at 6:46 am

    So Switzerland has just been eating popcorn and chilling on its sofa while watching the carnage unfold

  • Reply MLGgamer 420 August 20, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    he just made it easyer four invaders to invade switzerland

  • Reply Kurt Rollins August 20, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    if were being realistic, even Switzerland won't be safe from the next world war.. the advancements in war weapons would just be too catastrophic. No country would be safe. just like what Einstein said, WW4 would be fought with sticks and stones.

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