Switzerland is situated in the heart of Europe, right in the middle of the large technology center South Germany – Northern Italy – Lyon and at the intersection of the important European economic axis between London and Milan and Barcelona and Munich.
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Switzerland: small in size but with strong economic power; without raw materials but prosperous and the home of the UN European office; each canton concerned about its independence but united to a whole.
Facts and figures
|No. of cantons||26|
|Highest mountain||Dufourspitze (Monte Rosa), 4,634m|
|Largest canton||Graubünden, 7,107 km²|
|Smallest canton||Basel-Stadt, 37 km²|
|Largest city||Zurich with 404,783 inhabitants|
|Trade balance||exports SFr 198 billion, imports SFr 174 billion|
Due to its geographical situation in Central Europe, Switzerland offers a mix of all of the four European climatic areas: the oceanic, North European, Mediterranean and continental climates.
Four official languages
Switzerland is divided into four language regions: 63.7% German, 20.5% French, 6.5% Italian, 0.5% Rhaeto-Roman and 9% Others.