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Switzerland’s foreign policy
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The main driver of demographic growth in Switzerland over the last few decades has been migration
Throughout the year, Switzerland hosts hundreds of festivals and sporting, cultural and political events. Roughly every 25 years, Switzerland holds a National Exhibition.
Switzerland has four language regions: German, French, Italian and Romansh.
Traditions and customs are an integral part of everyday life in Switzerland.
Switzerland is a Christian country. Around two-thirds of the population are either Roman Catholic or Protestant (Reformed-Evangelical).
Switzerland owes its rich culinary heritage to its great many regional specialities.
Thanks to its location at the crossroads of three major European cultures (German, French and Italian), Switzerland has a rich and varied arts and culture scene.
The Swiss are keen sports enthusiasts, especially outdoor pursuits.
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.
Federalism and direct democracy reflect the great importance that the Swiss political system places on the freedom of choice and self-determination.
Switzerland pursues an active foreign policy.
Switzerland has one of the most competitive economies in the world thanks above all to its highly developed service sector.
The Swiss telecommunications market is dominated by the incumbent telecoms operator, Swisscom.
A cornerstone of the Swiss economy, comprising the banking and insurance sectors and contributing to Switzerland’s prosperity.
The main sources of energy in Switzerland are oil, natural gas, nuclear power and hydropower.
The agricultural sector is only a very small part of the Swiss economy, but it is very important for the tourism industry and the country's food security.
Switzerland has a dense and reliable rail and road network.
Switzerland offers its residents a very high level of social security protection.
Switzerland is not only one of the world’s most innovative research nations, but also one of the most competitive.
International research collaboration is high on Switzerland’s agenda.
In Switzerland the 26 cantons are responsible for compulsory education
Primary schoolchildren acquire and develop the basic skills and knowledge needed to further their education.
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%).
Switzerland has a very varied landscape and great habitat diversity.
The world’s longest railway tunnel – the Gotthard Base Tunnel – was officially opened on 1 June 2016.
Solar Impulse has brought the dream of flying over long distances without the need for fossil fuel a step closer to reality.
At an altitude of 2,883 metres and nestled among the glaciers and imposing peaks of the Valais Alps, the new Monte Rosa mountain refuge rises from the icy landscape like a giant sparkling shard of rock crystal.
From the medieval Old Town of Berne to the futuristic city of Brasilia, from the tiny convent of Müstair to the imposing cathedral of Chartres, from the fertile terraced vineyards of Lavaux to the vast desert of Ténéré – all have one thing in common: they are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Quality, precision, uniqueness, reliability, tradition, design, innovation … these are just a few of the words that sum up the Swiss watchmaking industry – an industry which manages to produce timepieces that are diminutive yet highly complex, traditional yet state-of-the art.
Switzerland is synonymous with mountains. Not only do they cover one third of the country’s surface area, but they are also of major historical, geopolitical and economic importance. The mountains, for example, have been the selling point of the Swiss tourist industry for more than 100 years.
Hard cheese, soft cheese, cottage cheese, cheese made in mountain chalets, cheese made in valley factories, cheese shaved into rosettes, cheese boxed in red pine, cheese melted in wine to make fondue, hot cheese dribbled over potatoes to make raclette...
Switzerland has a very varied landscape and great habitat diversity. The country is characterised by the wealth of its natural ecosystems and their proximity to urban centres.
Switzerland has four distinct seasons and its climate varies considerably from one region to the next due, first and foremost, to topography and differing altitudes.
Switzerland is often called “Europe’s water reservoir”. Hydropower is the country's most important renewable energysource.
Switzerland is renowned for the excellent quality of its air. According to the WHO, it is the 13th least polluted country in the world.
Some 31% of Switzerland's surface area is covered by woodland.
Switzerland's varied geography and climate have produced a great wealth of biodiversity. The federal government has introduced a raft of measures to safeguard the country's rich natural heritage.
Die Schweizerinnen und Schweizer sind Weltmeister im Recycling (Wiederverwertung) von Abfällen.
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Last update 13.05.2016