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Location:

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Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy

Geographic coordinates:

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47 00 N, 8 00 E

Map references:

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Europe

Area:

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total: 41,290 sq km
water: 1,520 sq km
land: 39,770 sq km

Area - comparative:

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slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey

Land boundaries:

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total: 1,852 km
border countries: Austria 164 km, France 573 km, Italy 740 km, Liechtenstein 41 km, Germany 334 km

Coastline:

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0 km (landlocked)

Maritime claims:

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none (landlocked)

Climate:

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temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers

Terrain:

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mostly mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) with a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes

Elevation extremes:

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lowest point: Lake Maggiore 195 m
highest point: Dufourspitze 4,634 m

Natural resources:

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hydropower potential, timber, salt

Land use:

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arable land: 10.57%
permanent crops: 0.61%
other: 88.82% (1998 est.)

Irrigated land:

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250 sq km (1998 est.)

Natural hazards:

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avalanches, landslides, flash floods

Environment - current issues:

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air pollution from vehicle emissions and open-air burning; acid rain; water pollution from increased use of agricultural fertilizers; loss of biodiversity

Environment - international agreements:

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party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Sulphur 85, Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Law of the Sea

Geography - note:

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landlocked; crossroads of northern and southern Europe; along with southeastern France, northern Italy, and southwestern Austria, has the highest elevations in the Alps

  

People

   Switzerland

Population:

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7,318,638 (July 2003 est.)

Age structure:

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0-14 years: 16.6% (male 623,428; female 591,709)
15-64 years: 67.8% (male 2,519,302; female 2,439,560)
65 years and over: 15.6% (male 470,257; female 674,382) (2003 est.)

Median age:

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total: 40.2 years
male: 39.3 years
female: 41.2 years (2002)

Population growth rate:

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0.21% (2003 est.)

Birth rate:

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9.59 births/1,000 population (2003 est.)

Death rate:

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8.82 deaths/1,000 population (2003 est.)

Net migration rate:

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1.37 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2003 est.)

Sex ratio:

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at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.7 male(s)/female
total population: 0.98 male(s)/female (2003 est.)

Infant mortality rate:

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total: 4.36 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 4.25 deaths/1,000 live births (2003 est.)
male: 4.47 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:

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total population: 79.99 years
male: 77.11 years
female: 83.02 years (2003 est.)

Total fertility rate:

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1.48 children born/woman (2003 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:

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0.5% (2001 est.)

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:

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19,000 (2001 est.)

HIV/AIDS - deaths:

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less than 100 (2001 est.)

Nationality:

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noun: Swiss (singular and plural)
adjective: Swiss

Ethnic groups:

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German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6%

Religions:

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Roman Catholic 46.1%, Protestant 40%, other 5%, none 8.9% (1990)

Languages:

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German (official) 63.7%, French (official) 19.2%, Italian (official) 7.6%, Romansch (official) 0.6%, other 8.9%

Literacy:

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definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99% (1980 est.)
male:
female:

 

  

Government

   Switzerland

 

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Country name:

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conventional long form: Swiss Confederation
conventional short form: Switzerland
local short form: Schweiz (German), Suisse (French), Svizzera (Italian)
local long form: Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft (German), Confederation Suisse (French), Confederazione Svizzera (Italian)

Government type:

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federal republic

Capital:

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Bern

Administrative divisions:

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26 cantons (cantons, singular - canton in French; cantoni, singular - cantone in Italian; kantone, singular - kanton in German); Aargau, Appenzell Ausser-Rhoden, Appenzell Inner-Rhoden, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt, Bern, Fribourg, Geneve, Glarus, Graubunden, Jura, Luzern, Neuchatel, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Sankt Gallen, Schaffhausen, Schwyz, Solothurn, Thurgau, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Vaud, Zug, Zurich

Independence:

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1 August 1291 (Founding of the Swiss Confederation)

National holiday:

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Founding of the Swiss Confederation, 1 August (1291)

Constitution:

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18 December 1998

Legal system:

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civil law system influenced by customary law; judicial review of legislative acts, except with respect to federal decrees of general obligatory character; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

Suffrage:

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18 years of age; universal

Executive branch:

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chief of state: President Pascal COUCHEPIN (since 1 January 2003); Vice President Ruth METZLER (since 1 January 2003); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
head of government: President Pascal COUCHEPIN (since 1 January 2003); Vice President Ruth METZLER (since 1 January 2003); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
cabinet: Federal Council or Bundesrat (in German), Conseil Federal (in French), Consiglio Federale (in Italian) elected by the Federal Assembly usually from among its own members for a four-year term
elections: president and vice president elected by the Federal Assembly from among the members of the Federal Council for one-year terms that run concurrently; election last held NA December 2002 (next to be held NA December 2003)
election results: Pascal COUCHEPIN elected president; percent of Federal Assembly vote - NA%; Ruth METZLER elected vice president; percent of legislative vote - NA%

Legislative branch:

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bicameral Federal Assembly or Bundesversammlung (in German), Assemblee Federale (in French), Assemblea Federale (in Italian) consists of the Council of States or Standerat (in German), Conseil des Etats (in French), Consiglio degli Stati (in Italian) (46 seats - members serve four-year terms) and the National Council or Nationalrat (in German), Conseil National (in French), Consiglio Nazionale (in Italian) (200 seats - members are elected by popular vote on the basis of proportional representation to serve four-year terms)
elections: Council of States - last held NA 1999 (each canton determines when the next election will be held); National Council - last held 19 October 2003 (next to be held NA October 2007)
election results: Council of States - percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - FDP 18, CVP 15, SVP 7, SPS 6; National Council - percent of vote by party - SVP 27.7%, SPS 24.2%, FDP 16%, CVP 12.9%, Greens 7.7%, other small parties all under 5%; seats by party - SVP 55, SPS 52, FDP 36, CVP 28, Green Party 13, other small parties 16

Judicial branch:

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Federal Supreme Court (judges elected for six-year terms by the Federal Assembly)

Political parties and leaders:

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Christian Democratic People's Party (Christichdemokratische Volkspartei der Schweiz or CVP, Parti Democrate-Chretien Suisse or PDC, Partito Democratico-Cristiano Popolare Svizzero or PDC, Partida Cristiandemocratica dalla Svizra or PCD) [Philipp STAEHELIN, president]; Green Party (Grune Partei der Schweiz or Grune, Parti Ecologiste Suisse or Les Verts, Partito Ecologista Svizzero or I Verdi, Partida Ecologica Svizra or La Verda) [Ruth GENNER and Patrice MUGNY, co-presidents]; Radical Free Democratic Party (Freisinnig-Demokratische Partei der Schweiz or FDP, Parti Radical-Democratique Suisse or PRD, Partitio Liberal-Radicale Svizzero or PLR) [Christiane LANGENBERGER, president]; Social Democratic Party (Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz or SPS, Parti Socialist Suisse or PSS, Partito Socialista Svizzero or PSS, Partida Socialdemocratica de la Svizra or PSS) [Christiane BRUNNER, president]; Swiss People's Party (Schweizerische Volkspartei or SVP, Union Democratique du Centre or UDC, Unione Democratica de Centro or UDC, Uniun Democratica dal Center or UDC) [Ueli MAURER, president]; and other minor parties

Political pressure groups and leaders:

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NA

International organization participation:

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ACCT, AfDB, AsDB, Australia Group, BIS, CE, CERN, EAPC, EBRD, ECE, EFTA, ESA, FAO, G-10, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, LAIA (observer), MONUC, NAM (guest), NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, PFP, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNITAR, UNMEE, UNMIBH, UNMIK, UNMOP, UNOMIG, UNTSO, UNU, UPU, WCL, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO, ZC

Diplomatic representation in the US:

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chief of mission: Ambassador Christian BLICKENSTORFER
consulate(s): Boston
consulate(s) general: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco
FAX: [1] (202) 387-2564
telephone: [1] (202) 745-7900
chancery: 2900 Cathedral Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

Diplomatic representation from the US:

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chief of mission: Ambassador Mercer REYNOLDS III
embassy: Jubilaeumsstrasse 93, 3005 Bern
mailing address: use embassy street address
telephone: [41] (031) 357 70 11
FAX: [41] (031) 357 73 44

Flag description:

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red square with a bold, equilateral white cross in the center that does not extend to the edges of the flag

  

Economy

   Switzerland

Economy - overview:

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Switzerland is a prosperous and stable modern market economy with low unemployment, a highly skilled labor force, and a per capita GDP larger than that of the big western European economies. The Swiss in recent years have brought their economic practices largely into conformity with the EU's to enhance their international competitiveness. Switzerland remains a safe haven for investors, because it has maintained a degree of bank secrecy and has kept up the franc's long-term external value. Reflecting the anemic economic conditions of Europe, GDP growth dropped in 2001 to about 0.8%, to 0.2% in 2002, and to -0.3% in 2003.

GDP:

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purchasing power parity - $233.4 billion (2002 est.)

GDP - real growth rate:

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0.1% (2002 est.)

GDP - per capita:

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purchasing power parity - $32,000 (2002 est.)

GDP - composition by sector:

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agriculture: 2%
industry: 34%
services: 64% (2002 est.)

Population below poverty line:

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NA%

Household income or consumption by percentage share:

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lowest 10%: 2.6%
highest 10%: 25.2% (1992)

Distribution of family income - Gini index:

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33.1 (1992)

Inflation rate (consumer prices):

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0.5% (2002 est.)

Labor force:

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4 million (2001)

Labor force - by occupation:

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services 69.1%, industry 26.3%, agriculture 4.6% (1998)

Unemployment rate:

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1.9% (2002 est.)

Budget:

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revenues: $30 billion
expenditures: $30 billion, including capital expenditures of $NA (2001 est.)

Industries:

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machinery, chemicals, watches, textiles, precision instruments

Industrial production growth rate:

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3.2% (2001)

Electricity - production:

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68.68 billion kWh (2001)

Electricity - production by source:

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fossil fuel: 1.3%
hydro: 59.5%
other: 2% (2001)
nuclear: 37.1%

Electricity - consumption:

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53.43 billion kWh (2001)

Electricity - exports:

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34.54 billion kWh (2001)

Electricity - imports:

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24.1 billion kWh (2001)

Oil - production:

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0 bbl/day (2001 est.)

Oil - consumption:

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290,400 bbl/day (2001 est.)

Oil - exports:

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10,420 bbl/day (2001)

Oil - imports:

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289,500 bbl/day (2001)

Natural gas - production:

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0 cu m (2001 est.)

Natural gas - consumption:

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3.093 billion cu m (2001 est.)

Natural gas - exports:

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0 cu m (2001 est.)

Natural gas - imports:

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3.093 billion cu m (2001 est.)

Agriculture - products:

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grains, fruits, vegetables; meat, eggs

Exports:

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$100.3 billion f.o.b. (2002 est.)

Exports - commodities:

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machinery, chemicals, metals, watches, agricultural products

Exports - partners:

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Germany 19.2%, US 10.2%, Italy 9.6%, France 8.9%, UK 7.7% (2002)

Imports:

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$94.4 billion f.o.b. (2002 est.)

Imports - commodities:

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machinery, chemicals, vehicles, metals; agricultural products, textiles

Imports - partners:

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Germany 27.4%, France 11.4%, Italy 9.7%, US 8.5%, Russia 5.8%, UK 5.4%, Austria 4.6%, Netherlands 4.1% (2002)

Debt - external:

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$NA

Economic aid - donor:

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ODA, $1.1 billion (1995)

Currency:

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Swiss franc (CHF)

Currency code:

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CHF

Exchange rates:

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Swiss francs per US dollar - 1.56 (2002), 1.69 (2001), 1.69 (2000), 1.5 (1999), 1.45 (1998)

Fiscal year:

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calendar year

  

Communications

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Telephones - main lines in use:

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4.82 million (1998)

Telephones - mobile cellular:

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1.967 million (1999)

Telephone system:

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general assessment: excellent domestic and international services
domestic: extensive cable and microwave radio relay networks
international: satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean)

Radio broadcast stations:

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AM 4, FM 113 (plus many low power stations), shortwave 2 (1998)

Television broadcast stations:

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115 (plus 1,919 repeaters) (1995)

Internet country code:

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.ch

Internet Service Providers (ISPs):

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44 (Switzerland and Liechtenstein) (2000)

Internet users:

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3.85 million (2002)

  

Transportation

   Switzerland

Railways:

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total: 4,511 km
standard gauge: 3,483 km 1.435-m gauge (3,472 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 982 km 1.000-m gauge (975 km electrified); 46 km 0.800-m gauge (46 km electrified) (2002)

Highways:

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total: 71,011 km
paved: 71,011 km (including 1,638 of expressways)
unpaved: 0 km (2000)

Waterways:

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65 km
note: The Rhine carries heavy traffic on the Basel-Rheinfelden and Schaffhausen-Bodensee stretches; there are also 12 navigable lakes

Pipelines:

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gas 1,831 km; oil 212 km; refined products 7 km (2003)

Ports and harbors:

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Basel

Merchant marine:

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total: 29 ships (1,000 GRT or over) 597,049 GRT/1,051,380 DWT
note: includes some foreign-owned ships registered here as a flag of convenience: UK 6, US 1 (2002 est.)
ships by type: bulk 16, cargo 6, chemical tanker 2, container 2, passenger 1, petroleum tanker 1, specialized tanker 1

Airports:

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66 (2002)

Airports - with paved runways:

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total: 41
over 3,047 m: 3
2,438 to 3,047 m: 5
914 to 1,523 m: 9
under 914 m: 14 (2002)
1,524 to 2,437 m: 10

Airports - with unpaved runways:

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total: 25
1524 to 2437 m: 1
under 914 m: 24 (2002)

Heliports:

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1 (2002)

  

Military

   Switzerland

Military branches:

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Army, Air Force, Frontier Guards, Fortification Guards

Military manpower - military age:

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20 years of age (2003 est.)

Military manpower - availability:

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males age 15-49: 1,834,638 (2003 est.)

Military manpower - fit for military service:

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males age 15-49: 1,552,728 (2003 est.)

Military manpower - reaching military age annually:

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males: 42,761 (2003 est.)

Military expenditures - dollar figure:

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$2.548 billion (FY01)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP:

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1% (FY01)

Location: Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy

Geographic coordinates: 47 00 N, 8 00 E

Map references: Europe

Area:
total: 41,290 sq km
land: 39,770 sq km
water: 1,520 sq km

Area - comparative: slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey

Land boundaries:
total: 1,852 km
border countries: Austria 164 km, France 573 km, Italy 740 km, Liechtenstein 41 km, Germany 334 km

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Maritime claims: none (landlocked)

Climate: temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers

Terrain: mostly mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) with a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Lake Maggiore 195 m
highest point: Dufourspitze 4,634 m

Natural resources: hydropower potential, timber, salt

Land use:
arable land: 10%
permanent crops: 2%
permanent pastures: 28%
forests and woodland: 32%
other: 28% (1993 est.)

Irrigated land: 250 sq km (1993 est.)

Natural hazards: avalanches, landslides, flash floods

Environment - current issues: air pollution from vehicle emissions and open-air burning; acid rain; water pollution from increased use of agricultural fertilizers; loss of biodiversity

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 85, Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Law of the Sea

Geography - note: landlocked; crossroads of northern and southern Europe; along with southeastern France and northern Italy, contains the highest elevations in Europe

Geography

Switzerland is bounded on the north by France and Germany, on the east by Austria and Liechtenstein, on the south by Italy,and on the west by France.

It is one of the most mountainous countries of Europe, with more than 70 percent of its area covered by the Alps, in the central and southern sections, and the Jura, in the northwest. The Swiss Alps are part of the largest mountain system in Europe and are famous for their jagged peaks and steep gorges.

There are several ranges within the Alps, including the Pennine range, which has Switzerland’s highest peak,4,634 meter. Dufourspitze of Monte Rosa. The Jura (Celtic for 145forest’) are much lower and smaller than the Alps and are popular for cross–country skiing. The renowned Swiss watchmaking industry began in the Jura Mountains.

Between these two mountain systems lies the Swiss plateau, an average of 400 meters ,above sea level and some 50 kilometers ; it extends from Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) in the extreme southwest to the Lake of Constance (Bodensee) in the extreme northeast.

The plateau is thickly studded with hills. Between the ranges of the Alps and Jura also stretch long valleys connected by transverse gorges; one such valley is the Engadine along the Inn River in the southeast. Nearly every Swiss valley is traversed by streams, often interrupted by picturesque waterfalls, including the Staubbach Falls (about 290 meters / 950 feet) in the canton of Bern.

The principal river system is formed by the Rhine and its tributaries. Other important rivers are the Rhone, Ticino, and Inn. However, Swiss rivers are not navigable for any appreciable extent. Switzerland is famous for its many lakes, particularly those of the Alpine region, known for their scenic beauty.

The most important include Lake Geneva, Lake of Constance, Lake of Lugano, and Lake Maggiore (at which lies Switzerland’s lowest point, 194 meters / 636 feet above sea level), which are not wholly within Swiss borders; and Lake of Neuchâtel, Lake of Lucerne and Zürichsee, Brienzersee, and Thunersee, which are entirely within Switzerland.

Climate

The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity. From July to August the daytime temperature range is 65-80F from January to February the range is 30-40F. Depending on the altitude the temperature range may vary.

Under normal cirumstances, summer in all parts of Swizerland should be sunny and warm but unfortunately we have no means of giving long term forecasts.

During spring, summer and autumn it is advisable to take good clothes, including a warm jacket and good walking shoes, as excursions are often to mountains which are snow-covered during summer. A warm jacket, good trousers and shoes are necessary in the winter months.

Background:

Switzerland's independence and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers and Switzerland did not participate in either World War I or II.

The political and economic integration of Europe since World War II may be rendering obsolete Switzerland's concern for neutrality.

Switzerland is a small European country known for its beautiful, snow-capped mountains and freedom-loving people. The Alps and the Jura Mountains cover more than half of Switzerland.

But most of the Swiss people live on a plateau that extends across the middle of the country between the two mountain ranges. In this region are most of Switzerland's industries and its richest farmlands. Switzerland's capital, Bern, and largest city, Zurich, are also there.

Official Sites of Switzerland
Swiss Government Online
Cyberadministration suisse
The Swiss Parliament
Confoederatio Helvetica
The Authorities of the Swiss Confederation
Eidgenössisches Departement für auswärtige Angelegenheiten (EDA)
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Embassy of Switzerland
Washington D.C.

Capital City: Berne
The Municipality of Berne (Bern - Schweiz)

Major Cities:
Basel
The cultural and economic region of Basel
Genève (Genf, Genève, Geneva)
The official Site of the International Swiss City
Luzern
The official site of the City of Luzern (Lucerne)
Lausanne
Montreux
The City of Montreux (French)
Zürich
Official portal of Zürich tourism

Maps
Map of Switzerland
Political Map of Switzerland.
Map of Europe
Political map of Europe.

Statistics
Statistik Schweiz - Bundesamt für Statistik
Swiss Statistics

 


Swiss News
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
A leading Swiss newspaper with an international reputation.
great web site Swissinfo
National and international news in 8! languages by Swiss Radio International
La Tribune de Genève
National and international news (French)
Die Weltwoche
Another well-known Swiss Newspaper

 


Arts & Culture
Art Brut
Dubuffet's collection of "Art Brut"
Arte24
A guide to the Swiss art and cultural scene
Expo.02
The Swiss National Exhibition - Land of the Three Lakes
Friedrich Dürrenmatt
About the Swiss playwright and essayist - Books from Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Kunstmuseum Basel
Museum for contemporary art
Museum Jean Tinguely
Méta-Matics and more
music.ch
A guide to popular Swiss music
Montreux Jazz Festival
International Festival of Jazz since 1967
Museums of Switzerland
A guide to Swiss museums (in German, French, and Italian)
Schweizerisches Landesmuseum
The Swiss national museum
swissart Network
Portal for art lovers and art professionals in Switzerland and around the world.
Technorama
An interactive science museum (German)
Verkehrshaus
The Swiss Museum of Transport and Communication
Yello
Contemporary Swiss music - Music of Yello

Webculture
great web site Internet-Kindergarten
Hans-Peter Zimmermanns introduction to the internet (in German)

Books about SwitzerlandBooks about Art and Culture of Switzerland
Contemporary Art in Switzerland

 


Business & Economy
Swiss National Bank
SWX Swiss Exchange
The Swiss Stock Exchange

Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Switzerland
Trade Point Geneva

Swiss Products
great web site AP Audemars Piguet
The master of watchmaking since 1875
Lindt
Swiss chocolate
Nestlé
Home of Nescafé
Swatch
Modern times Swiss watches for collectors.
Swiss Alpine Cheese
anything cheese
Swiss Red Cross
Henry Dunant's dream come true in 1866, the foundation of the Red Cross in Switzerland.
Swisstime
The Wonderful World of Swiss Watches.
SuisseWatch
Well known Swiss watch makers online.
Victorinox
The original Swiss Army Knives.

Books about SwitzerlandBooks about Clocks and Watches from Switzerland
Swiss watches

OWNO Business-Link,
Your Sponsored Link at One World - Nations Online,
OWNO will now provide links and information about companies and organizations,
listed at the respective country page.
About OWNO's Business-Link
Über OWNO's Business-Link (in German)

 


Country Guides
Switzerland Tourism
Information for the destination Switzerland.
Switzerland: a brief guide
Switzerland in Sight
Multifaceted Switzerland

Hotels
Beau-Rivage
Hotels have their anecdotes, grand hotels sometimes a history, but only certain palatial establishments can claim to embody a legend.
Swiss Deluxe Hotels
Leading hotels in Switzerland

Books about SwitzerlandBooks about Travel in Switzerland
Travel Switzerland

 


Education
Uni Basel
(in German)
Universität Bern
Université de Genéve
Founded: 1559
Université de Lausanne
Foundation of the Academy in 1537
Universität Zürich
Founded: 1833
More Swiss Universities

Science
European Laboratory for Particle Physics
"Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire" - Some of the experiments of CERN leads to a communication tool called the internet
great web site Swiss Meteorite Laboratory
Real visitors from outer space.

 


History
Historical Dictionary of Switzerland
Includes the most important topics and objects of Swiss history from prehistory up to the present. (in German, French, and Italian)
History of Switzerland
Overview of Swiss History
Map of the Swiss Confederation, 1291-1513
The Origin of the Swiss Flag
Political System & Foreign Policy
History of Switzerland
Schweizerische Landesbibliothek
The Swiss National Library

Books about SwitzerlandBooks about the History of Switzerland
History of Switzerland

 


Search
sear.ch
Swiss search engine (German)
great web site Toplinks
Directory of Swiss websites by Swissinfo

 


Transportation

Airline
Swiss International Air Lines
The Swiss Carrier
Swissair
The former Swiss Carrier

 

Railroad
Schweizer Bundesbahnen
Swiss Federal Railways


Additional Information on Switzerland
Background Notes: Switzerland
Governments on the WWW: Switzerland
The World Factbook -- Switzerland


Information about Switzerland
also known as Confoederatio Helvetica (therefore the abbreviation CH)

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Here you can find a lot of information about Switzerland, a small but well known country in the heart of Europe. While the author takes every effort to keep this information accurate and up to date, there is no guarantee for correctness. All information is subject to change without notice. For comments, suggestions and questions, use our contact form.

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[ Map of Switzerland ]
Cantons

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Culture

[ CHF 5 coin ]
Economy

[ ETH Zürich main building ]
Education

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[ The Matterhorn ]
Geography

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History

[ Statistical Information ]
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Students: Are you writting a report about Switzerland and need some basic information ? Please read the student's frequently asked questions before you write an email.

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Switzerland at a glance:

Name: Switzerland and Confoederatio Helvetica (therefore the abbreviation CH) - more ...

Location: Central Europe (GMT+1) - more ...

Size: 41285 km² - more ...

Climate: General information, diagramms and weather forecast - more ...

Capital: Bern City - more ...

Currency: Swiss Francs (CHF) - more ...  - The Euro (EUR) is not an official currency but ...

Phone: Since May 1st 2002, the area code must be dialed even for local calls - more ...

Education: From Kindergarten to University - more ...

Food: Cheese, chocolate and much more ...

History: Founded in 1291, independant since 1648 - more ...

Languages: There are four official languages in Switzerland - more ...

Swiss National Park: Information about and lots of pictures of the Swiss National Park (SNP) - more ...

Statistical information: Figures and facts ...

Visiting Switzerland ? Admission policy, Visa regulations and much more ...

Do you need information about train connections, prices and more ? See Switzerland's Railroad website.

Looking for an address of a friend or company ? Use the online phone book !

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