National Geographic : 1956 Oct
Capuchin Nuns Labor in Hay Fields to Sustain Lives Dedicated to Prayer Sisters of the Wonnenstein Cloister near Teufen live in a timeless world patterned during the Middle Ages. Italian wine bottles serve as their water jugs. Framework at left will support a haystack. in 1954 our net income from foreign invest ments was more than $100,000,000. The largest single investment was in shares of United States companies. "I believe Switzerland has extended more credit abroad per head of population than any other country in the world. Swiss Confident of the Future "We have more savings accounts than we have people, and a lot of foreigners keep money here. They know the Swiss franc is one of the world's soundest currencies." Mr. Hugle sees no reason to worry about the future. "Our strength lies in the quality of our products, the beauty of our country, and the excellent relations between workers and em ployers. As long as we keep manufacturing costs within reason, we will be prosperous." I hope so. Since the three forest communi ties of Uri, Schwyz, and the lower valley of the Unterwalden signed their "covenant of perpetual alliance" on August 1, 1291, the Swiss have shown incredible courage and an unflagging determination in their pursuit of peace and prosperity. They have become more than a nation; they have become a sym bol. Where they have led, other nations may follow.