In Switzerland the diversity of leisure, recreational and sports activities matches the equally varied 26 states (cantons) that shape this multilingual country. The presence of German, French, and Italian culture highly influences not only individual concepts of leisure but also leisure preference. Nonetheless, for all children and adults, recreational activities, games, and sports are considered essential to their physical and mental well-being. For both adults and children, socializing with friends is their favorite pastime. Besides watching television, reading is the second activity the Swiss enjoy on a daily basis. Taking a stroll comes next, before cultural activities that include cinema, theatre, opera, and visiting exhibits. At home, manual handy work or gardening also appear on the list of preferred leisures. Their least favorite activities are attending ...