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Switzerland

Capital city Bern
Total area (square kilometres) 41,284
Population total 7,345,000 (1999)
Official languages German, French and Italian
National currency Swiss Franc
GNP per capita 39,980
Proportion of population living on less than US$1 a day Figures not available

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Switzerland is a landlocked mountainous state in the centre of Europe, surrounded by Germany, France, Italy and Austria. It is divided into three natural regions: to the northwest are the Jura mountains; the Alps extend in a west-east direction covering more than half of the country; and between these is the Mitteland with many lakes.

Due to its location it has a mixed political system. However a unique feature is that important decisions are made on the results of referenda. It's foreign policy is based on neutrality. Many international organisations, such as the World Health Organization, are based here.

 

 

 

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