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Switzerland, federal republic in west central Europe. Switzerland is a small, landlocked country set amid mountainous terrain in the heart of the European continent. It is bordered on the west by France, on the north by Germany, on the east by Austria, and on the south by Italy. The tiny principality of Liechtenstein lies between Switzerland and Austria. Switzerland is in Europe next to France, Italy and Lichtenstein. It has the beautiful Alps and the languages are German, French, Italian and Reto Romanish. Lake Geneva is a beautiful place to have a family picnick watching ducks eat bread. I live in de Schweiz and I am from there. Traveling to Switzerland may cost more than visiting other countries like Germany or France, expensive but worth it. I would not recommend going there right now,:( it is un-safe because of the terrorists, it is unclear if the situation will get better but when it does I would love to go back:)
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Where is Switzerland?

Switzerland is located in Europe. It is east of France, south of Germany, west of Austria and Liechtenstein and north of Italy.

What is Switzerlands Nickname?

Switzerland hasn't really got a nickname, or you could say Switzerland is itself a nickname. The full official name translates into English as 'Swiss Confederation'. The official name in all the languages spoken in Switzerland is: . German: Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft (shortened to 'Schweiz') . French: Confédération suisse (shortened to 'Suisse') . Italian: Confederazione Svizzera (shortened to 'Svizzera') . Romansh: Confederaziun svizra (shortened to 'Svizra') . Latin: Confoederatio Helvetica Latin is used as a neutral language when there is no room to put all 4 official languages, for example on coins and for the abbreviation for the country 'CH'.

What religions did Switzerland have?

Although there is no state religion, Christianity is the predominant Swiss religion. According to the 2000 census, 41.8% of Switzerland's population are Roman Catholic, while 35.5% are Protestants 4.3% of Switzerland's population is Moslem and 1.8% are Eastern Orthodox. Other Christian faiths make up 0.4% of the population, 1% of the population follow other religions, 4.3% of the population specified no religion and 11.1% have no religion.

How old is Switzerland?

This is a bit of a difficult question because Switzerland pre-datesthe concept of independent sovereign states. The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 . At that time itwas an agreement for mutual self-defense between 4 small mountaincantons (states) within the German Empire who wanted to defendthemselves from takeover by more powerful states and feudal rulerswithin the empire. Over the next few centuries Switzerland grew as new territoriesjoined. It gradually became effectively a group of independentcountries, but legally they were all parts of the German Empire. In 1648 , at a peace treaty after the 30 years war, theGerman Empire finally recognized that the members of the SwissConfederation were not part of the empire. This continued until Napoleon invaded. He annexed parts ofSwitzerland and turned the rest into a client state. The previous situation (many independent cantons) was re-instatedin 1815. It was only in 1848 that the members of the Swissconfederation agreed to form a federal state and have a permanentfederal government. This is when Switzerland became one country. So take your pick, Switzerland was founded in 1291, or 1648, or1848!

What is the size of Switzerland?

Switzerland is 15,940 square miles, or 51,285 kilometers squared inarea. The state of California is about 10 times bigger thanSwitzerland.

Does Switzerland have an army?

Yes, and military-service is compulsory for male citizens. As a consequence the "active" stock of soldiers is one of the highest among European countries.

Does Switzerland have a democracy?

Of course, Switzerland has a democracy. But it is a bit different in Switzerland, because people can influence political decisions directly not via the voice of their representatives in parliament. So they vote quite often (every other month ..I think). So the parliament isn't as mighty as in other countries.

What is the location of Switzerland?

Switzerland is a land-locked country in western Europe. It is surrounded by 5 other countries. Going clockwise from the north they are: Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy and France.

Name for of Switzerland?

The official name of Switzerland, in the 4 official languages is: German: Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft French: Confédération suisse Italian: Confederazione Svizzer Romansh: Confederaziun svizra All these translate as "Swiss Confederation". If there is no room for all 4 versions, for example on coins or stamps, the Latin version is used for neutrality: Confoederatio Helvetica This is also the origin of the official abbreviation: "CH", used on the internet and on road vehicle international registration plates.

What is in Switzerland?

most amazing thing you can have because nobody can ignore its beautiful ism, The Swiss Alps, and there are castles and forests and the most beautiful churches. They have a lot of holidays, Faschnacht is one of them. They are so much fun to see! . There are also many hiking trails. You can practically hike across from one end to the other. Also, many music festivals and outdoor events. Many Swiss enjoy sailboats on the lakes and cooking outdoors. Zurich has a lovely opera house.

What do they where in Switzerland?

This question is ambiguous do to misspelling or bad grammar. Do You mean: a) What do they do where in Switzerland? or b) What do they wear in Switzerland? Please rephrase your question and resubmit it.

What do they do in Switzerland?

Eat, drink, sleep, play, work, produce things, consume things, live, die. Pretty much the same as elsewhere in the world. Perhaps the question needs to be more carefully phrased?

What to do in Switzerland?

There are many things to do in Switzerland . One of my friends spent her last vacation in Switzerland and she thoroughly enjoyed her holidays. Chateau de Chillon, Rhine Falls, Gruyère Castle, Matterhorn, White Turf Events, Montreux Jazz Festival are some top attractions in Switzerland. There are many things to do in Switzerland . GoldenPass Panoramic Train Glacier Express Omega European Masters Here is a valuable link, you can check this out: http://www.high-end-travel-switzerland.com/Switzerland-Attractions.htmlI hope it will help you.

What do Switzerland clothing mean in Switzerland?

Switzerland clothing - means clothed that are made in Switzerland? Do you mean to ask, what do the different costumes of various Swiss regions mean (culturally)?

How do you get to Switzerland?

From where? If you happen to be in Paris, you can take the TGV into Bern. From elsewhere, I recommend SwissAir.

Where does Switzerland locate?

The country of Switzerland is in central Europe. It is a land-locked country and surrounded by 5 other countries: France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy.

How do you get from Ireland to Switzerland?

The quickest way is to fly. You could go overland by getting a ferry to Britain and then France, or get one direct to France from Ireland. From there you could drive or get a coach or train.

What is Switzerland like?

Beautiful and dominated by mountains, some of the best scenery in Europe. Also a very affluent and stable country.

How is Switzerland run?

Switzerland has a very democratic system of government. Switzerland is a confederation of 26 semi-independent cantons. A canton is equivalent to what is called a state in English-speaking federal countries. As many decisions as possible are made at the cantonal level. Each canton has its own constitution, parliament, laws and court system. Most of the cantons were once independent countries, and on many ways continue to act as such. As well as regular elections, Switzerland has a form of "direct democracy" where any decision can be put to a referendum. A petition is started, signatures are collected and if enough signatures are collected there has to be a referendum which is binding. A referendum can be at the federal or cantonal level. Switzerland has a collective head of state, the seven-member Swiss Federal Council. The president is the presiding member of this council. Elected by the Federal Assembly for one year, the President of the Confederation chairs the meetings of the Federal Council and undertakes special representational duties. Primus inter pares, the President has no powers above the other Councillors and continues to head his or her department. Traditionally the duty rotates among the members in order of seniority and the previous year's Vice President becomes President. The official title is "President of the Confederation" (German: Bundespräsident(in) , French: Président(e) de la Confédération , Italian: Presidente della Confederazione , Romansh: President(a) da la Confederaziun ).

What is the origin of Switzerland?

The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 . At that time it was an agreement for mutual self-defence between 4 small mountain cantons (states) within the German Empire who wanted to defend themselves from takeover by more powerful states and feudal rulers within the empire. Over the next few centuries Switzerland grew as new territories joined. It gradually became effectively a group of independent countries, but legally they were all parts of the German Empire. In 1648 , at a peace treaty after the 30 years war, the German Empire finally recognised that the members of the Swiss Confederation were not part of the empire. This continued until Napoleon invaded. He annexed parts of Switzerland and turned the rest into a client state. The previous state (many independent cantons) was re-instated in 1815. It was only in 1848 that the members of the Swiss confederation agreed to form a federal state and have a permanent federal government. This is when Switzerland became one country.

Anything about Switzerland?

switzerland is in the northern hemisphere. its located on the continent europe and is pretty small compared to the usa

Does Switzerland have a Rainforest?

I do not think so - it looks like the only rainforest is at the Zurich zoo. Switzerland's four seasons do not really make for good (natural) rainforest development anyway.

Is Switzerland famous?

Yes. It is famous for many things. Chocolate, mountains, thecountry where the World Wide Web was invented, lakes, famous peopleand many, many other things.

Where is Switzerland near to?

Switzerland is a land-locked country in central Europe. It is surrounded by 5 other countries: France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy.

How is nature of Switzerland?

the nature is mostly like in southern Germany. on the plains agriculture has taken hold, hills and riversides are often populated by smaller forests. The mountains are populated by fir trees after a certain height where deciduous trees can't grow anymore. there are nearly no dangerous animals, the last of the larger native predators is the lynx which avoids humans and their settlements widely. bears and wolves may wander in very seldom but are no longer native in Switzerland. There are neither any poisonous snakes nor spiders which could be lethal to humans. the poisonous plants and mushrooms are only dangerous upon ingestion, even though some plants might result in a slight rash. in short: hornets, wasps and bees are the most dangerous animals - but only for allergic people.

Does Switzerland have a monarchy?

No, it's a democracy republic. It has never been a monarchy Switzerland is a confederation of 26 semi-independent cantons. A canton is equivalent to what is called a state in English-speaking federal countries. Switzerland has a very democratic system of government.

Is Holland in Switzerland?

Holland is correctly known as the Netherlands. The Netherlands and Switzerland are completely different countries in Europe. The Netherlands is a low-lying country bordering the North Sea in North-West Europe. Switzerland is a land-locked mountainous country in the middle of Europe.

What is the state of Switzerland?

Switzerland is a country. It is a confederation of 26 semi-independent cantons. A canton is equivalent to what is called a state in English-speaking federal countries.

Does Switzerland have presents?

Yes, normally for birthdays, Christmas and most people will bring a small present like a bottle of wine or flowers when they're invited for dinner or similar.

What is the subregion of Switzerland?

Switzerland is a confederation of 26 semi-independent cantons. A canton is equivalent to what is called a state in English-speaking federal countries. I hope this is the answer you are looking for. Your question is a bit vague.

What is voltage in Switzerland?

220 Volts 50 Hz AC. Same as the rest of Europe. But Swiss plugs and sockets are different from other countries.

How does Switzerland recycle?

because they don't want to be a waste country maintaining there spot at number one on the top ten Eco friendly country

What is Switzerland boarded by?

Switzerland is bordered by five different countries. On the northern side of the country is Germany, Liechtenstein, and Austria. To the west, southwest, and a bit south is the country of France. Finishing out the countries bordering Switzerland is Italy. Because of the these countries influence on Switzerland, four languages are spoken in Switzerland: German, French, Italian, and Romanche.

What is Switzerland origin?

The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 . At that time it was an agreement for mutual self-defence between 4 small mountain cantons (states) within the German Empire who wanted to defend themselves from takeover by more powerful states and feudal rulers within the empire. Over the next few centuries Switzerland grew as new territories joined. It gradually became effectively a group of independent countries, but legally they were all parts of the German Empire. In 1648 , at a peace treaty after the 30 years war, the German Empire finally recognised that the members of the Swiss Confederation were not part of the empire. This continued until Napoleon invaded. He annexed parts of Switzerland and turned the rest into a client state. The previous state (many independent cantons) was re-instated in 1815. It was only in 1848 that the members of the Swiss confederation agreed to form a federal state and have a permanent federal government. This is when Switzerland became one country.

What is the boundaries in Switzerland?

The country of Switzerland is in central Europe. It is a land-locked country and surrounded by 5 other countries: France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy.

Is Basil in Switzerland?

If you mean "Basel", the answer is yes. I live there. Basel is in North-West Switzerland, on the border of both France and Germany.

Is there a monarch of Switzerland?

Switzerland is a republic and has a president. There is a different president each year, starting on 1st January. The president for 2012 is Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf. Previous presidents were: 2011 - Micheline Calmy-Rey, 2010 - Doris Leuthard, 2009 - Hans-Rudolf Merz, 2008 - Pascal Couchepin. The official title is "President of the Confederation" (German: Bundespräsident(in), French: Président(e) de la Confédération, Italian: Presidente della Confederazione, Romansh: President(a) da la Confederaziun). The president is the presiding member of the seven-member Swiss Federal Council, Switzerland's executive. Elected by the Federal Assembly for one year, the President of the Confederation chairs the meetings of the Federal Council and undertakes special representational duties. Primus inter pares, the President has no powers above the other Councillors and continues to head his or her department. Traditionally the duty rotates among the members in order of seniority and the previous year's Vice President becomes President.

Who is the pressident of Switzerland?

Switzerland has a collective head of state, the seven-member federal council. The president is the chairman of this council. There is a different president each year, starting on 1st January. The president for 2012 is Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf. Previous presidents were: 2011 - Micheline Calmy-Rey, 2010 - Doris Leuthard, 2009 - Hans-Rudolf Merz, 2008 - Pascal Couchepin. The official title is "President of the Confederation" (German: Bundespräsident(in), French: Président(e) de la Confédération, Italian: Presidente della Confederazione, Romansh: President(a) da la Confederaziun). The president is the presiding member of the seven-member Swiss Federal Council, Switzerland's executive. Elected by the Federal Assembly for one year, the President of the Confederation chairs the meetings of the Federal Council and undertakes special representational duties. Primus inter pares, the President has no powers above the other Councillors and continues to head his or her department. Traditionally the duty rotates among the members in order of seniority and the previous year's Vice President becomes President.

How do you get from Berlin to Switzerland?

By train it takes 7 hours + the time to wherever you are going in Switzerland. Or by air, Berlin to Zürich, Geneva or Basel airport. I've done both methods.

What is Switzerland translated to?

The official name of Switzerland, in the 4 official languages is: German: Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft French: Confédération suisse Italian: Confederazione Svizzer Romansh: Confederaziun svizra All these translate as "Swiss Confederation". If there is no room for all 4 versions, for example on coins or stamps, the Latin version is used for neutrality: Confoederatio Helvetica This is also the origin of the official abbreviation: "CH", used on the internet and on road vehicle international registration plates.

Who is the chief of Switzerland?

Switzerland has a president. There is a different president each year, starting on 1st January. The president for 2012 is Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf. Previous presidents were: 2011 - Micheline Calmy-Rey, 2010 - Doris Leuthard, 2009 - Hans-Rudolf Merz, 2008 - Pascal Couchepin. The official title is "President of the Confederation" (German: Bundespräsident(in), French: Président(e) de la Confédération, Italian: Presidente della Confederazione, Romansh: President(a) da la Confederaziun). The president is the presiding member of the seven-member Swiss Federal Council, Switzerland's executive. Elected by the Federal Assembly for one year, the President of the Confederation chairs the meetings of the Federal Council and undertakes special representational duties. Primus inter pares, the President has no powers above the other Councillors and continues to head his or her department. Traditionally the duty rotates among the members in order of seniority and the previous year's Vice President becomes President.

What airport is in Switzerland?

The largest airports in Switzerland are Zürich, Geneva and Basel. All these handle flights from across Europe. Most intercontinental flights are to Zürich. There are local airports at Bern and Lugano.

When can you drive in Switzerland?

You can drive in Switzerland 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no time restriction for private cars. Lorries cannot drive overnight.

Who is the leader for Switzerland?

Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf Answer 2 Switzerland has a president. There is a different president each year, starting on 1st January. The president for 2012 is Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf. Previous presidents were: 2011 - Micheline Calmy-Rey, 2010 - Doris Leuthard, 2009 - Hans-Rudolf Merz, 2008 - Pascal Couchepin. The official title is "President of the Confederation" (German: Bundespräsident(in), French: Président(e) de la Confédération, Italian: Presidente della Confederazione, Romansh: President(a) da la Confederaziun). The president is the presiding member of the seven-member Swiss Federal Council, Switzerland's executive. Elected by the Federal Assembly for one year, the President of the Confederation chairs the meetings of the Federal Council and undertakes special representational duties. Primus inter pares, the President has no powers above the other Councillors and continues to head his or her department. Traditionally the duty rotates among the members in order of seniority and the previous year's Vice President becomes President.

How did Switzerland became Switzerland?

Switzerland was created in 1291. At that time the modern concept of independent countries did not exist. The original Swiss confederation was much smaller than it is today. At that time the four original cantons were constituent parts of the German empire, which agreed to a pact of mutual defence to defend what would today be called "States rights" against attempts by the feudal rulers of larger German states to absorb them. They became de facto independent over the next years, though they were not recognised as legally independent by the German empire until 1648, after many other small German states had joined the Confederation. Apart from during the Napoleonic wars, Switzerland remained a technically defence treaty of many independent countries (sort of medieval NATO) until 1848 when they finally decided to have a permanent federal government.

What is the abbrevation for Switzerland?

The normal abbreviation for Switzerland is CH . CH = Confoederatio Helvetica This is the official name of Switzerland in Latin. In English it translates as "Swiss Confederation". Latin is chosen in order to be neutral between Switzerland's four official languages. Swiss coins are marked "Confoederatio Helvetica", on banknotes there is enough room to put all four languages.

Is Switzerland by the sea?

No. Switzerland is a landlocked country that is surrounded by Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy and France.

How can you get to France from Switzerland?

France are Switezerland are neighbouring countries and share aborder. There are lots of ways to travel between them by road, railand air.

What is the transportation to and from Switzerland?

You can travel to or from Switzerland with virtually any method oftransport that exists: . Walk across the border. I have walked across the border manytimes. . Bicycle . Bus or tram . Car . Train. Switzerland has the densest railway system in the world,with many trains daily to all the surrounding countries. . by water. Cruise ships run along the Rhine from Basel inSwitzerland to Rotterdam, stopping at many intermediate places.There are also ferries across Lake Geneva and the Bodensee. . Airplane. The three biggest airports are Zürich, Geneva andBasel.

Why is Switzerland cold?

It is cold in winter, mainly because a lot of it is high and inmountains. These influence the weather. During the summer it can bevery warm in Switzerland.