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Ruth Thomas-Lehmann
Honorary Consul of Switzerland for Wales

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The Country


The Swiss (and Vatican State flag) are the only nation flags in the world with a square format.

Full name: Swiss Confederation
Confoederatio Helvetica (Latin) hence CH
Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft (German)
Confédération Suisse (French)
Confederazione Svizzera (Italian)
Confederaziun Svizra (Romansh)

Switzerland is a small landlocked country in Central Europe. The borders include: France on the west, Italy on the south, Liechtenstein and Austria on the east, and Germany on the north.

Switzerland is a neutral country, its neutral status recognized by constitution and international society

Switzerland and the EU:
Wikipedia link
EC Europa link
Swiss Info link

Basic facts
Geography: It has three main topographical regions: the Alps, the Swiss Plateau, and the Jura.
Size: The country is 41,284 sq km (15,940 sq miles)
Population: Total 7,4 ( UN 2005) Foreigners account for around 20%
Languages: German, 65% French, (20%) Italian, (7.5%). and Romansh (0.7)
Religions: 46.1% Roman Catholic, 41.8% Protestant, 4.3% Muslims, 5% other
Government type: Federal Republic. The Swiss people can influence political affairs through the highly developed system of direct democracy.
Chief of State: President, elected in rotation for one year from among the 7 Federal councillors. For current President of the Confederation see this link
Economy: Switzerland is considered as an economy of high stability.
Captital: Bern
Largest city: Zurich

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