Area: 41,293 sq km (15,943 sq ml).
Currency: 1 Franc = 100 Centimes.
Religions: Roman Catholic 48% Protestant 44% Other 8%.
Ethnic Groups: German 65% French 18% Italian 9% Others 8%.
Languages: French, German & Italian.
|A country in central Europe,
consisting of a federation of 23 cantons: three cantons
are sub-divided making a total of 27 administrative units.
Switzerland is surrounded by France, Germany, Italy and the tiny country of Liechtenstein. It is Europes with the Alps stretching across the whole of its southern half. The rivers Rhone and Rhine rise from here and form broad valleys. Below the forested mountain slopes, snow covered all winter, the land is fertile and the summer temperature is warm. Northward the country stands on a hilly plateau which contains the swiss lakes and rises again in the north-west tot he Jura Mountains, a region important for dairying and forestry, and with vineyards on the southern slopes.