Why Is Switzerland Called "Confoederatio Helvetica"?

Why Is Switzerland Called "Confoederatio Helvetica"?

Switzerland is officially known by the Latin name "Confoederatio Helvetica" for historical reasons. "Confoederatio" means "confederation" and "Helvetica" is a reference to the Helvetians, a Celtic tribe that lived in Switzerland when the Romans invaded. The English equivalent of the Latin name is "Swiss Confederation."

The name is not an accurate reflection of Switzerland's structure; the state has been a federation since 1848. Switzerland existed, as a true confederation, before 1848. When it became a federation and limited the power of the individual cantons, Switzerland continued to officially call itself a confederation. The international abbreviation of Switzerland is "C.H.," which comes from "Confoederatio Helvetica."