"Aldrich Killian. We actually met the guy back in... where were we in '99? The science conference?"
"Um... Switzerland."
Happy Hogan and Tony Stark[src]

Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country located in Central Europe.


Birth of Arnim Zola

"Correction: I am Swiss."
Arnim Zola[src]

Switzerland is the birthplace of Arnim Zola, who went on to become one of the most prominent scientist working for the Third Reich, HYDRA and later S.H.I.E.L.D.[1]

As he was a prominent figure in Nazi Germany during World War II, many people, including Steve Rogers wrongly attributed Zola's citizenship as German.[2]

Engineering Conference

An international Engineering Conference was held in Geneva on May 5, 1934. Howard Stark and Abraham Erskine met during the Conference, and would not meet again until Stark took part in a mission to rescue Erskine in Germany as a member of the Strategic Scientific Reserve.[3]

Escape of Abraham Erskine

The 14th of September, 1935, Doctor Abraham Erskine, his wife Greta, and their sons Klaus and Marlene, boarded a train heading to Geneva in hopes of avoiding a group of anti-semitic laws known as Nuremberg Laws that Adolf Hitler would approve the following day in Nuremberg.

They could not arrive, as Johann Schmidt intercepted the train at the German/Swiss border, as he wanted to coerce Erskine into turning his research to them. Erskine ended up as prisoner in Castle Kaufmann, while his family was sent to a concentration camp in Dachau.[3]

World War II


During World War II, the Nazi deep science division HYDRA had two bases in Switzerland.[4]

Night Fondue

"Agent Carter, if we're not in too much of a hurry, I thought we could stop off in Lucerne for a late night fondue."
Howard Stark to Peggy Carter[src]

In 1943, Steve Rogers, hearing about the events in Azzano and the imprisonment of the soldiers that battled HYDRA, decided to rescue the prisoners alone. Agent Peggy Carter of the Strategic Scientific Reserve supported his decision and offered to fly him from Italy to Austria in a plane piloted by Howard Stark.

While on the plane, Stark offered Carter to stop at Lucerne for a late night fondue, an offer Rogers wrongly guessed was some kind of sexual proposition.[1]

Science Conference


Bern, Switzerland. 1999

"It started in Bern, Switzerland. 1999. The old days. I never thought they'd come back to bite me. Why would they?"
Tony Stark to Bruce Banner[src]

On December 31, 1999, Tony Stark was invited to Bern in order to give a lecture on integrated circuits as the head speaker. Stark was able to give his lecture despite being heavily drunk, later defined as being both edifying and unintelligible, depending on the asked person.

Having finished the lectures, Stark assisted to ensuing party where he flirted with Maya Hansen while his bodyguard Happy Hogan tried to keep people from approaching Stark. Ho Yinsen greeted Stark before leaving, and introduced him to Doctor Wu, a Chinese cardiologist and their guest in Bern, mocking both of them due to his drunkenness.

Stark and Hansen were approached by Aldrich Killian, founder of a privately-funded think tank called Advanced Idea Mechanics or A.I.M. and great admirer of their work. Killian sneaked into their elevator and revealed that he was very interested in Hansen's work, offering to recruit her into A.I.M.

To get away of Killian, Stark lied to him and told him to wait on the roof of the building, and he would join up after taking a quick drink. Killian believed him and waited for him at the roof until the celebrations for the New Year started, realizing Stark was not going to come. He considered suicide, but thinking that none knew he was even there made him realize that anonymity was the rule he would follow to achieve his goals.

Stark reviewed Hansen's Extremis project, that intended to access the area of the brain responsible of repairs and healing in order to chemically recode it. Happy Hogan touched one of the plants serving as test subjects for Extremis, and breaking one of its branches activated the Extremis-induced regeneration. Stark and Hansen entered the bedroom and while Hansen explained possible applications for Extremis, such as disease prevention or even limb regrowth, Stark continued flirting with her.

The plant exploded, as it was one of the possible side effects for the use of Extremis, and Hogan rushed to protect his boss, putting in an embarrassing position. At that moment, the guests gathered in the building started shouting to celebrate the New Year that arrived.

The following morning, Stark left Hansen without saying goodbye, just leaving her a note while she was working.[5]

Lloyd Rathman's Accounts

Lloyd Rathman, Senior Partner and director of wealth management for Kester, Dyer and Rathman LLP, settled a private corporate bank account in the International Bank of Geneva.

Skye used Rathman's private corporate I.D. in the bank to investigate international criminal Vanchat's financials, in order to track the Centipede Project as they kidnapped Phil Coulson.[6]

S.H.I.E.L.D. Trauma Zentrum

SHIELD Trauma Zentrum

S.H.I.E.L.D. Trauma Zentrum

"We can keep her comfortable, but you'll need to make a decision on whether or not you want to keep her on life support."
"You're saying there's nothing to be done?"
"I'm saying you need to call her family and get them here as soon as possible."
Jazuat and Phil Coulson[src]

Skye was taken to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Trauma Zentrum in Zürich inside a Hyperbaric Chamber, arriving two hours after she was shot twice in the stomach at close range by Ian Quinn. Jemma Simmons informed Doctor Jazuat of Skye's status and what was done to stabilize her. Jazuat and her team began to operate on Skye immediately to attempt to save her life.

Meanwhile, Phil Coulson tried to contact Nick Fury to learn more about the procedures used to resurrect him, in order to apply them on Skye and save her life, but Fury was nowhere to be found.

The rest of his his team blamed themselves on Skye's status, as Leo Fitz thought she should not have let her try to apprehend Quinn by herself, and Grant Ward saying that his responsibility as Skye's Supervising Officer was to protect her. However, Melinda May dismissed their thoughts, saying that the only one to blame was Quinn, the man who shot her.

Doctor Jazuat let Coulson and the rest of his team know that despite the best efforts of the surgeons who operated on her, the shots caused a great damage to Skye's internal organs, and she was being kept on life support. Jazuat told Coulson he should decided how long was she going to be kept in that situation, and advised him to call her family and made them travel to Switzerland as soon as possible. As Coulson and the team were Skye's only family, Jazuat told them she was very sorry for the whole situation.

May could not hold back and returned to the Bus to beat Ian Quinn for almost killing Skye, but Coulson decided to travel to Bethesda in order to put Skye through the same procedures used to resurrect him, transporting Skye into the Bus inside a Medical Pod.[7]

Elektra's Ski Trip

At a private airplane hanger in New York City, Elektra ordered a drink at the bar where she was met by Jacques Duchamps who flirted with her. During their conversation Duchamps, based on the winter jacket Elektra is wearing, guessed that Elektra was going to Courchevel to ski. Elektra corrected him, stating that it is to early for Courchevel and that she prefers Saint Moritz. When she gave him a false name, he lets her know that he knows who she really is. She correctly guessed that he has been sent to kill her.[8]

Pop's Barber Shop

"Did you guys shoot up Pop's Barber Shop to get to him?"
"There's rules to this shit. Pop's was Switzerland. Everybody loved him. One of Cottonmouth's guys, Tone, was reckless. When he found out Chico was there, he lit the place up. I couldn't stop him in time."
Misty Knight and Shades[src]

Within Harlem, New York City, Pop's Barber Shop was known as Switzerland, a neutral place where everyone could come.[9] These rules were broken when Turk Barrett ratted out Chico Diaz, causing Tone to shoot up the barber shop.[10][11]

gold-leaf truffles

Jeri Hogarth had a box of gold-leaf truffles from Switzerland in her Apartment. Inez Green found this box and ate some of the truffles while Hogarth was away to buy some items for her. Upon Hogarth her return she noticed that Green had found them, after which Green stated that they tasted like rusty nails.[12]


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