Switzerland

Switzerland is country of Europe located in central Europe.

Details

Official Name:Swiss Confederation
Capital:Bern
Total area:41 285 km2
GDP per capita:$45,417
Native Language:German, French, Italian, Romansh
Government:Directorial federal parliamentary republic with elements of direct democracy
Population:8,014,000
Major Religion:Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Irreligion
Monetary Unit:Swiss franc (CHF)

Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. The country is situated in Western and Central Europe, where it is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the east.

Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning an area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8 million people is concentrated mostly on the Plateau, where the largest cities are to be found. Among them are the two global cities and economic centres – Zurich and Geneva.

Health & Welfare

Compulsory accident and sickness insurance for workers, unemployment insurance, and old-age/survivor/disability benefits. Switzerland enjoys one of the highest living standards in the world.

Economy & Jobs

Banking, insurance, tourism, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, forestry, and fishing.

Main Attractions

The Alps, Geneva, Lucerne, Zurich, Augusta Raurica ruins, St. Bernard Pass and Rheinfall Waterfall.

Economy

Switzerland has a stable, prosperous and high-tech economy. In 2011, it was ranked as being the wealthiest country in the world in per capita terms (include both financial and non-financial assets). It has the world's nineteenth largest economy by nominal GDP and the thirty-sixth largest by purchasing power parity. It is the twentieth largest exporter, despite its size. Switzerland has the highest European rating in the Index of Economic Freedom 2010, while also providing large coverage through public services. The nominal per capita GDP is higher than those of the larger Western and Central European economies and Japan. If adjusted for purchasing power parity, Switzerland ranks 8th in the world in terms of GDP per capita, according to the World Bank and IMF.