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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Swiss Traveller


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ This is a most unusual numberplate on a car.
Our Victorian numberplates in Australia have a white background with blue writing.
This one reflects the colours of Switzerland, but still bears our state's abbreviation of "Vic."
The "CH" sign - The official name of Switzerland is Confoederatio Helvetica. The abbreviation CH, used for the country indication on cars and in internet addresses of Swiss websites, comes from this name. The name Helvetica is derived from the Roman province of Helvetia, that was founded in the region in 15 BC. The Romans in turn derived the name from the Celtic tribe of the Helvetii, that left Southern Germany for current Switzerland in the 1st century BC. The English equivalent for Confoederatio Helvetica is Swiss Confederation or in short: Switzerland.
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The Swiss call their country Die Schweiz (German), La Suisse (French) or Svizzera (Italian). ~ Answers.com WikiAnswers

Ruby Tuesday
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Travelling symbols
Numberplate of distinction
Red and white homeland
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10 comments:

Ralph said...

I like the state of Victoria license plate - the simple white block letters on the ruby background is eye-catching and good looking...it has been decades since I've been to Europe, and never knew how 'CH' equated Switzerland. Never to late to learn!

Liza said...

Nice find for Ruby.

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Manang Kim said...

I like to look at different license plate. Like the colors too!
The cars

EG Wow said...

Interesting. Red plates here designate diplomatic plates. :)

Pagan Sphinx said...

Someone really wanted to hang on to their Swiss identity, I guess!

I knew about the CH since I've visited Switzerland and we have Swiss friends but I did not know the origin of how it came about.

This is my World!

the link is also good for Ruby Tuesday!

Dianne said...

I just learned a lot
thanks
the plate is nice and simple

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

There is an Helvetia, West Virginia. Must be related. Don't you just love this blogging detective work. I sense a diplomat around town!

BJ Roan said...

Cool plate and enjoyed reading the information!

Stephanie V said...

Lots of great info in that short post. Nice find to share.

rebecca said...

i love red...
anywhere you find it!!!

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