Map of Switzerland
Location of Switzerland on the European continent
|Patron Saint(s): Saint Nicholas of Flüe|
|Official language(s)||German, French, Italian, Romansh|
|Government||Direct democracy and Federal parliamentary republic|
|GDP (PPP)||2007 estimate|
|-||Per capita||41,264 (6)|
|GDP (nominal)||2007 estimate|
|-||Per capita||58,513 (7)|
|Currency||Swiss franc (
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|-||Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Switzerland (German: Schweiz, French: Suisse, Italian: Svizzera, Romansh: Svizra), officially the Swiss Confederation (Confoederatio Helvetica in Latin), is a landlocked nation of 7.5 million people in Western Europe. Its capital city is Berne.
The flag and coat of arms of Switzerland is a simple white cross on a red background. The International Red Cross adopted this same symbol, with the foreground and background colors reversed, to signify neutrality in war.
Switzerland has, until recently, gained the reputation as the bank of choice for persons seeking to hide ill-gotten gains. But it is not the richest country in the world, by the measure of GDP per capita. That distinction belongs to Luxembourg.
- Switzerland, historically neutral, has not joined the European Union, nor adopted the Euro.