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People crossing a street
© EDA, Präsenz Schweiz

Society

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
© Andrew Bossi

History

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
© Schweizer Parlament

Politics

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
© EDA, Präsenz Schweiz

Economy

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

Rolex Learning Center of the EPF Lausanne
© EPFL

Science

Switzerland is not only one of the world’s most innovative research nations, but also one of the most competitive.

Students in a library
© EDA, Präsenz Schweiz

Education

In Switzerland the 26 cantons are responsible for compulsory education.

The River Hinterrhein near Rothenbrunnen
© EDA, Präsenz Schweiz

Environment

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%).

Graphics

Discover Switzerland through more than 20 graphics on the themes of society, the economy, science and the environment.

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