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Switzerland Travel Guide

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Quick Facts
Capital Berne
Government Federal Republic
Currency Swiss Franc (CHF)
Area 41,285 km²
Population 7,489,370 (July 2006 est.)
Language Swiss-German, German, French, Italian, Lombard, Romansh
Religion Protestant and Roman Catholic in pretty equal shares, Judaism 0.2%
Electricity 230V/50Hz
Calling Code +41
Internet TLD .ch
Time Zone UTC+1

Switzerland (German: Schweiz, French: Suisse, Italian: Svizzera, Romansch: Svizra) is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It has borders with France to the west, Italy to the south, Austria and Liechtenstein to the east and Germany to the north.

The climate is temperate, but varies with altitude. Switzerland has cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters and cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers.

Switzerland is known for its mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) but it also has a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes. The highest point is Dufourspitze at 4,634 m while Lake Maggiore is only 195 m above sea level.



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