People crossing a street
© EDA, Präsenz Schweiz


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


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


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
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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


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


In Switzerland the 26 cantons are responsible for compulsory education.

The River Hinterrhein near Rothenbrunnen
© EDA, Präsenz Schweiz


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%).


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