1. Switzerland boasts a high quality of life: pristine natural surroundings, quaint cities, pine forests and palm trees, crêpes and fondue! Life in Switzerland couldn’t be more varied!

    Switzerland is a small country located in the center of Europe, perfect for visiting surrounding countries. The charm of Switzerland will quickly grow on you, especially when you look beyond the clichés of chocolate, cheese fondue, Heidi, and learn to appreciate the beauty and diversity it offers.

    Facts worth knowing:

    • Landlocked country
    • Democracy
    • National capital: Berne
    • Neighboring countries: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Liechtenstein
    • Inhabitants 2012: 7,9 million 
    • Life expectancy: 81,1 years (world ranking of 15)
    • Surface area: 41,277 km2
    • 26 cantons
    • 4 official languages: German, French, Italian and Rätoromanisch
    • Alps cover 60% of the national surface
    • Water reservoir of Europe
    • Highest point in Switzerland: 4,634 m above sea level/ Dufour Peak
    • Lowest point in Switzerland: 193 m above sea level/ bank of Lake Maggiore
    • 52 mountain passes over 1,000 m above sea level

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