SWITZERLAND
Updated 31 October 2012
Swiss Confederation is located in the center of the European Continent, with a population of 7,925,517, making it the
9
5th largest national population. Its capital is Bern and its largest city is Zurich with a total population of 376,008. The
country encompasses 41,290 square kilometers making it the 134th largest country in total area. It shares boundaries
with Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy and France.

President Eveline Wi
dmer-Schlumpf is recognized as the Chief of State and Head of Government and achieves that
status through a vote of the Federal Assembly and along with Vice-President Ueli M
aurer hold that position for one
year and is ineligible for consecutive terms. Its form of government is a Confederation and they celebrate the revision
of their 1874 constitution, which went into effect on 1 July 2000.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are German, French, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Albanian, Portuguese,
Spanish, English, Romansch and other languages. It counts among its major religions Roman Catholic, Protestant,
Orthodox, other Christian, Muslim, other and unspecified faiths and no religion. As sources of mass communication it
has 4 AM, 113 FM, 2 Short Wave and 115 Television stations.

Major geographical features are Dufourspitze, its highest point at 4,634 meters and Lake Maggiore, its lowest point at
195 meters. Its principal waterways are the Rhine River, Lake Neuchatel and Lake Zurich, which measure about 365
kilometers.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are machinery, chemicals, watches,
textiles and precision instruments. Its official currency is the Swiss Franc.

Here’s something you may not know about Switzerland. The village of Busingen is part of Germany but totally
surrounded by Swiss territory and the only way to get there from Germany is to cross into Switzerland- likewise,
Campione, in Italy is surrounded by Switzerland.
Bern- Switzerland's
capital city
Family of Swiss people
End of the Rhine River
as it empties into Lake
Constance
The Glacier Express
on one of the route's
291 bridges
Jungfraujoch in
Bernese Oberland
Kandersteg in Bernese
Oberland
Lake Neuchatel- one
of Switzerland's
principle waterways
Montreux on Lake
Geneva-  home to the
Montreux Jazz Festival
Lake Maggiore-
Switzerland's lowest
point
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Murren rotating
restaurant
Sauerkraut- a
traditional Switzerland
dish
Steinbok
Swiss wildflowers
Zermatt, also known as
The Matterhorn-
Switzerland's most
famous landmark
Zurich- Switzerland's
largest city on Lake
Zurich and the Limmat
River
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Gaea
World Post Report!
Dufourspitze-
Switzerland's highest
point on the border
with Italy
Mossettes- on
Switzerland's border
with France
Rheinfelder- a town on
both sides of the
Swiss/German border
Rhine River border of
Switzerland and Austria
Sargans on
Switzerland's border
with Liechtenstein
Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
0.4% (2009 est.)

18,000

less than
100
Chiasso- Switzerland's
southernmost point on
the border with Italy
Lake Geneva-
Switzerland's
westernmost point on
the border with France
S-charl which is
Switzerland's most
isolated and
easternmost point on
the border with Austria
Schaffhausen-
Switzerland's
northernmost point on
the border with
Germany