Guide to SWITZERLAND
SWITZERLAND which official name is Swiss Confederation or Switzerland, is a country from Europe located at the Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy. SWITZERLAND with 1,852 km sq km, limits with: Austria 164 km, France 573 km, Italy 740 km, Liechtenstein 41 km, Germany 334 km; and is divided in 26 cantons . SWITZERLAND's capital is Bern , but SWITZERLAND 's most populated city is zurich with about 346,185 inhabitants.
History of SWITZERLAND
SWITZERLAND's government is formally a confederation but similar in structure to a federal republic; a Republic with a Executive government type, with Swiss Federal Council: Moritz Leuenberger, Pascal Couchepin (Vice-President of the Confederation), Samuel Schmid, Micheline Calmy-Rey (President of the Confederation), Christoph Blocher, Hans-Rudolf Merz, Doris Leuthard as head of state.
Other symbols of SWITZERLAND are Swiss motto " Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno (Latin, One for all, all for one, traditional, but not official) Swiss anthem "Swiss Psalm (Schweizerpsalm, cantique suisse, salmo svizzero) Swiss flag.Swiss flag is composed by red square with a bold, equilateral white cross in the center that does not extend to the edges of the flag .
SWITZERLAND's history is quite long: The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. Switzerland's sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two World Wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.
SWITZERLAND has an area of 41,290Km ,with a coastline of 0, this great area is composed by 39,770 sq km of land and 1,520 sq km of water. Swiss geography is known by it's lmostly mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) with a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes . This makes Swiss's land specially proclive to avalanches, landslides, flash floods.
Guide to travel to SWITZERLAND
If you are thinking on traveling to SWITZERLAND, you will have to take in consideration some points like SWITZERLAND's currency, SWITZERLAND's weather, SWITZERLAND's national holiday and SWITZERLAND's transports.
The first thing you need to know for your travels abroad is country's currency. SWITZERLAND`s currency is called franc ( SwF), which is divided in 100 rappen/centimes. For your consideration, franc's exchange rate is about Greek Catholic St. John the Baptist Cathedral, in Prešov per dolar.1.0327151954.
SWITZERLAND's weather is characterized to be temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers. So be sure of choosing the proper date to travel to SWITZERLAND.
You can also consider to visit SWITZERLAND on it's national holiday to get in SWITZERLAND's culture. If you do so, SWITZERLAND's national holiday is called Founding of the Swiss Confederation, 1 August.
Also, if you like natural wonders, don't forget to visit the highest point of SWITZERLAND: Dufourspitze 4,634 m. And try also to get to SWITZERLAND's lowest point: Lake Maggiore 195 mBut if you prefer the city, you must visit SWITZERLAND's tallest structure: ( ).
Don't be afraid to take a flight to SWITZERLAND, with more than 65 airports and 6 airlines, you will get to SWITZERLAND without problems. Once there, you can choose the transport type that better fits your needs. SWITZERLAND has about4,839 of railways, and also65 of roadways, so is a good place for a car trip.
SWITZERLAND is known by Swisss as Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft (German); Confederation Suisse (French); Confederazione Svizzera (Italian) or Schweiz (German); Suisse (French); Svizzera (Italian) in the shortened way. Swiss, about 7,554,661 people, are composed by different ethnics: German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6%. And they also have different languages: German, French, Italian, Rhaeto-Romansch.
Another relevant point nowadays it's SWITZERLAND's religion. Swisss are divided in 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% (2000 census). So you can visit any of it's11 like 0.
But if want to know more about SWITZERLAND's culture, the best way is by reading the most famous Swiss novelists' books like Max Frisch (1911–1991), Stiller (1954) (I'm Not Stiller), Mein Name sei Gantenbein (1964), Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–1990), The Quarry .
Videos of Switzerland
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Latest News of Switzerland
|China, Switzerland, sign free-trade pact
BERN, Switzerland, May 25 (UPI) -- Switzerland and China have signed a free-trade agreement leaders of both nations called a historic achievement.
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Swiss ETF investors should be paying close attention to the Free-Trade Agreement negotiations betweeen Switzerland and China.
|Federer to skip Switzerland's Davis Cup playoff
BERN, Switzerland (AP) -- Roger Federer says he won't play for Switzerland in the Davis Cup playoffs against Ecuador in September.
|Roger Federer to skip Switzerland Davis Cup playoff
Roger Federer says he won't play for Switzerland in the Davis Cup playoffs against Ecuador in September.
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