Sep 15, 2008

Switzerland - One of the Beautiful Countries in Europe

Switzerland is a varied mix of French, German and Italian cultures, and is also a mix of beautiful nature (including the Swiss Alps and the Lake Geneva) and almost just as great and orderly towns.Switzerland is a small, landlocked, multi-cultural, multi-lingual country that shares its borders with Austria, France, Germany, Italy and the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. Its central location in the heart of Europe makes it quickly and easily accessible from major European cities. Switzerland is best known for its banks, watch industry, cheese, chocolate, utterly reliable railway system and of course its scenic beauty. The mountains provide diversity and charm with a climate ranging from Mediterranean in lakeside towns to Arctic on snow-capped peaks.

Switzerland has a land area of 41,284 sq km (15,936 sq miles), about 60% of which is made up of foothills and the Alps.
It has approximately 7, 550,000 inhabitants.
Four languages are spoken: German, French, Italian and Romansch.
Bern is the capital city and has a population of almost 123,000. It is a beautiful city and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The largest city is Zurich with a population of almost 337,000.
The highest peak is the Dufourspitze (Canton Valais): 4,634 m / 15,203 ft.
The highest village is Juf (Canton Graubunden): 2,126 m / 7,000 ft
The lowest village is Ascona (Canton Ticino): 196 m / 690 ft.

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