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The Swiss Confederation, informally called Switzerland, is a federal republic comprised of 26 cantons, or states. It was founded in 1291 by three cantons and over time others joined. Eventually, the Confederation adopted a centralized government that maintained political neutrality. Switzerland is the first, and to date only, country to implement direct democracy through public petitions and referendum.
A landlocked country, it is bordered by France to the west; Italy to the south; Liechtenstein and Austria to the east; and Germany to the north. Despite its lack of ocean access, Switzerland has ample water courtesy of numerous lakes and large rivers that make water a valuable natural resource.
Population and language
The population of Switzerland is 7.91 million and is made up of ethnic Germans, French, Italian, and Romansch. There are four official languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansch. The country is predominantly Roman Catholic with Protestants a close second.
Major cities and tourist destinations
Zürich (pop: 1.14 million), Basel (164488), Geneva (192,385), Bern (346,000) and Lausanne (116751) are Switzerland’s largest cities.
Swiss cities offer top amenities including comfortable hotels, five star restaurants, world class shopping, museums, music and arts venues, and a vibrant nightlife.
Away from the cities Switzerland offers a natural wonderland, from the pristine Alps to crystal clear lakes and rivers. One of the most famous destinations is Lake Geneva, which is actually named Lac Leman. Then after a day hiking or just taking in the scenic views, relax with the traditional Swiss cheese or beef fondue.
Go off the beaten path with a trip to the HR Giger museum in Gruyeres. Giger is the artist responsible for creating the creature in the Alien movies.
Weather varies depending on elevation but generally, Switzerland has a typical central European climate so the summers are cool to warm and mostly sunny but punctuated with period rains. Winters are cold and snowy or rainy.
Switzerland has a market economy with low unemployment, a skilled labor force, and a per capita GDP among the highest in the world at $650.2 billion. Main industries include financial services and manufacturing that specializes in high-technology.
Exports includes: machinery, chemicals, metals, watches, and agricultural products. Imports include vehicles, metals; agricultural products, and textiles.
There are several major airports in Swizerland, including Zürich Airport, also known as Kloten Airport; Geneva International Airport; Euro-Airport Basel-Mulhouse; Bern-Belp Airport; and Lugano Airport, one of the fastest expanding airports in the country.
Zürich and Geneva airports have own railway stations to transport visitors quickly to the city centers and to all other major Swiss cities. Plus rail travel allows visitors to take in the spectacular scenery.
Although rental cars are readily available, trains are recommended during winter or inclement weather when mountain passes may be impassable or more dangerous for cars. Traffic can also be congested and parking difficult to find.
Within cities, nearly all have regular bus and taxi service.
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