People crossing a street.
Most people in Switzerland live in the cities and surrounding areas. © FDFA, Presence Switzerland


The main driver of demographic growth in Switzerland over the last few decades has been migration.

The lying stone lion of the Lion Monument in Lucerne


Switzerland evolved over many centuries from a loose alliance of small self-governing towns and states to a fully-fledged federal state of 26 cantons.

Federal Square with the fountain in front of Federal Palace in Bern


Federalism and direct democracy reflect the great importance that the Swiss political system places on the freedom of choice and self-determination.

Discussion in a break room at the World Economic Forum


Switzerland has one of the most competitive economies in the world thanks above all to its highly developed service sector.

Students in the library of the University of Bern.
Scene from a library at the University of Bern. In Switzerland, students usually attend university between the ages of 19 and 24. © FDFA

Education and Science

In Switzerland the 26 cantons are responsible for compulsory education.

The River Hinterrhein near Rothenbrunnen


Switzerland has three main geographic regions: the Alps covering around 60% of the country's total surface area, the Swiss Plateau (30%) and the Jura (10%).

Infographic showing the key Swiss population figures.


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