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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. A constitution of 1848, subsequently modified in 1874, replaced the confederation with a centralized federal government. 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 (German: Schweiz, French: Suisse, Italian: Svizzera, Romansch: Svizra) is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It has borders with France to the west, Italy to the south, Austria and Liechtenstein to the east and Germany to the north.

The climate is temperate, but varies with altitude. Switzerland has cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters and cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers.

Switzerland is known for its mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) but it also has a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes. The highest point is Dufourspitze at 4,634 m while Lake Maggiore is only 195 m above sea level.

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SwitzerlandRadisson Blu Hotel Zurich Airport 

Zurich Airport
Kloten 8058

Price (US$): $290 - $466 / night

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Location. Located in Kloten, Radisson Blu Hotel Zurich Airport is connected to the airport and close to Zurich Exhibition Centre. Other points of interest are Shopping Center Glatt and Zurich Zoological Garden. Hotel Features. Dining options at Radisson Blu Hotel Zurich Airport include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a… more »

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KEY SELLING POINTS. Central/ but in a quiet location in the heart of Zurichs old town. Nine historical former residences, many dating back to the Middle Age, have been joined together to create an unusual hotel collaboration. The 42 rooms and 7 suites have emerged from this charming, luxurious labyrinth of a hotel. The sensitive architecture seamlessly links historical materials with present day structures, construction methods, sharp details and an innovative sense of design. By subtly… more »


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Full name
Swiss Confederation

Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy

Geographic coordinates

47 00 N, 8 00 E

Area comparative

slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey

Border countries

Austria 164 km, France 573 km, Italy 740 km, Liechtenstein 41 km, Germany 334 km


0 km (landlocked)


temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers


mostly mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) with a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes

Lowest point

Lake Maggiore 195 m

Highest point

Dufourspitze 4,634 m

Natural resources

hydropower potential, timber, salt


7,623,438 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6%


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)


German (official) 63.7%, French (official) 20.4%, Italian (official) 6.5%, Serbo-Croatian 1.5%, Albanian 1.3%, Portuguese 1.2%, Spanish 1.1%, English 1%, Romansch (official) 0.5%, other 2.8% (2000 census)

Government type

formally a confederation but similar in structure to a federal republic


1 August 1291 (founding of the Swiss Confederation)

National holiday

Founding of the Swiss Confederation, 1 August (1291)

Chief of state

President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline CALMY-REY (since 1 January 2011); Vice President Eveline WIDMER-SCHLUMPF (since 1 January 2011); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government representing the Federal Council; the Federal Council is the formal chief of state and head of government whose council members, rotating in one-year terms as federal president, represent the Council

Head of government

President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline CALMY-REY (since 1 January 2011); Vice President Eveline WIDMER-SCHLUMPF (since 1 January 2011)

Internet country code


Internet users

6.152 million (2009)


65 (2010)

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