Switzerland

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General Information

 

The Swiss Confederation  

Location

Western Europe

Border countries

Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein

Area

41,285 km2

Population

7.9 million

Capital

Bern

Official language

German (63.7 %), French (20.4 %), Italian (6.5 %), Romansh (0.5 %)

Administrative division

The Swiss Confederation consists of 26 cantons

Political system

Federal republic

Presidency

The Swiss Federal Council is a seven-member executive council that heads the federal administration, operating as a combination cabinetand collective presidency.

Parliament

The Swiss Parliament consists of two houses: the Council of States which has 46 representatives and the National Council, which consists of 200 members for four year term.

Currency

Swiss franc ( CHF)

Time

CET (UTC+1)

Calling code

41

Internet TLD

.ch

Electricity

220 V

Religion

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%

Ethnic groups

Norwegian 94.4% (includes Sami, about 60,000), other European 3.6%, other 2%

International organisations

  • Member of the United Nations;
  • The Council of Europe;
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and others.

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