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Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain medieval quarters, with landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge. The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.


Population: 7.79 million people (World Rank: 97th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 504 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 69th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.363 %/yr (World Rank: 173rd) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 82.6 years (World Rank: 3rd) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 41.6 years (World Rank: 9th) (2010 estimate) Languages: German (official) 63.7%, French (official) 20.4%, Italian (official) 6.5%, Serbo-Croatian 1.5%, Albanian 1.3%, Portuguese 1.2%, Spanish 1.1%, English 1%, Romansch (official) 0.5%, other 2.8%

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

Belief Systems: Roman Catholic 41.8%, Protestant 35.3%, Muslim 4.3%, Orthodox 1.8%, other Christian 0.4%, other 1%, unspecified 4.3%, none 11.1%

Sites for More Information:

Map of Switzerland

World Factbook

Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Switzerland
Quick Citation

Swiss Embassy
in Washington D.C.

Swiss Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links
by Gunnar Anzinger.

Travel Info for Switzerland
from travelnotes.org

The Swiss rail system

1st of August
The Swiss National Holiday

Christmas Markets

Music Festivals

Basler Carnival
Switzerland's most famous Carnival

An exciting festival in the small town of Liestal

Swiss Chocolate
Some of the world's finest

Swiss Cheese

Mountains & Lakes

Mountain Records



Swiss in San Diego

Local Weather Conditions

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