Facts and stats about Switzerland

8 million

Population. Ranked 95th in 2013.


GDP per capita. Ranked 3rd in 2012.


Austria 164 km, France 573 km, Italy 740 km, Liechtenstein 41 km, Germany 334 km
Largest city Zürich - 366,145
Capital city Bern - 129,423
Major language German, French, Italian, Romansch
Major religion Christianity
Monetary unit Swiss franc
Alternative names Confederazione Svizzera, Swiss Confederation, Confederation Suisse, Svizzera, Schweiz, Switzerland, Suisse, Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft
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Interesting observations about Switzerland

  • Switzerland ranked first for GDP amongst Landlocked countries in 2012.
  • Switzerland ranked second for life expectancy at birth, total > years amongst Christian countries in 2011.
  • Switzerland ranked second for life expectancy at birth, male > years globally in 2011.
  • Switzerland ranked first for economic freedom amongst Europe in 2013.
  • Switzerland ranked first for internet > fixed broadband internet subscribers per 1000 amongst High income OECD countries in 2012.
  • Switzerland ranked first for life expectancy at birth, female > years amongst Cold countries in 2011.
  • Switzerland ranked #6 for population amongst Tourist destinations in 2013.


In response to <i>Tina</i>:<p>70% of the land area of Switzerland is mountainous, with the remainder being an elevated central plateau. This terrain forms a natural defence which was particularly effective during the pre-avaiation era.</p>

<p>After the defeat of Napoleon, in 1815, the congress of Vienna declared Switzerland to be independent and permanently neutral. Military neutrality has been maintained ever since and has been respected by neighbouring countries throughout numerous conflicts including both World Wars.</p>

Posted on 21 Mar 2005

Edria Murray, Staff editor

Edria Murray, Staff editor


I love switzerland. The birthplace of the Smurfs.

Posted on 02 Jun 2010



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