On Swiss independence, and power points

I naively assumed that Switzerland would have the same kind of power sockets as its neighbouring countries. This, it turns out, was a mistake. They have their own three-pronged hexagonal thing that is different to everything else. I can understand not wanting to be tied to the Euro currency, but is the country’s independence going to be threatened by the ability to directly plug in foreign appliances? Maybe there’s an important group of Swiss adaptor manufacturers they need to protect.

Swiss power outlet

Luckily, the width between the active and neutral prongs matches that on the German/French plug, so if you can get by without an earth (or just think you can), and the power point isn’t an annoying recessed one like those in the picture above, you’re in business.