Official nameSwiss Confederation
Name in local languageConfédération suisse (fr), Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft (de), Confederazione Svizzera (it), Confederaziun svizra (roh)
SubcontinentEurope (outside the European Union)
Population (ranking: 101e)8,482,152 inhabitants (2018)
Population growth0.74 % / year
Area41,285 km²
Density205.45 inhabitants / km²
GDP (ranking: 20e)678.887 billions $USD (2017)
GDP/capita (ranking)80,190 $USD (2017)
GDP growth1.09 % / year (2017)
Life expectancy (ranking)83.40 years (2016)
Birth rate10.50 ‰ (2015)
Fertility rate1.55 children / woman (2016)
Death rate (ranking)8.20 ‰ (2015)
Infant mortality rate (ranking)3.90 ‰ (2015)
Literacy rate100.00 % (2018)
Official languagesFrench, German, Italian, Romansh
CurrencySwiss franc (CHF)
HDI (ranking: 10e)0.944 / 1 (2017)
EPI (ranking)87.42 (2018)
GovernmentFederal semi-direct democracy under multi-party parliamentary directorial republic
Head of StatePresident Alain Berset
National Day1st August (Federal Charter of 1291)
Tourists (ranking)11,133,000 people (2017)
Suisse – petite
Harmonious economic development and strong immigration

Switzerland is a western European country, landlocked, located in the heart of the Alps. It is bordered on the north by Germany, on the east by Austria and Liechtenstein, on the south by Italy, and on the west by France. This privileged central location places it under the influence of its big neighbors, especially linguistic ones. Indeed, several official languages are spoken: German, French, Italian and Romansh.

Matterhorn, Suisse
Matterhorn, Switzerland. Photo: Most Beautiful Picture
Genève, Suisse
Geneva, Switzerland
Genève, Suisse
Geneva, Switzerland
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Urban areas (2016)
Urban areasPopulation
Zürich1,315,669 inhabitants
Genève960,124 inhabitants
Bâle893,112 inhabitants
Berne406,852 inhabitants
Lausanne402,883 inhabitants
Rheintal334,260 inhabitants
Côme-Chiasso273,801 inhabitants
Lucerne224,720 inhabitants
Saint-Gall164,881 inhabitants
Lugano150,459 inhabitants
Winterthour139,373 inhabitants
Zoug121,269 inhabitants
Constance-Kreuzlingen119,621 inhabitants
Baden-Brugg116,963 inhabitants
Olten-Zofingue110,352 inhabitants
Fribourg104,569 inhabitants
Bienne101,271 inhabitants
Thoune95,245 inhabitants
Vevey-Montreux92,123 inhabitants
Neuchâtel87,641 inhabitants
Aarau87,578 inhabitants
Soleure75,909 inhabitants
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Administrative divisions
Aargau670,787 inhabitants1,404 km²
Appenzell Ausserrhoden55,162 inhabitants243 km²
Appenzell Innerrhoden16,100 inhabitants173 km²
Basel-Landschaft286,969 inhabitants518 km²
Basel-Stadt193,829 inhabitants37 km²
Bern1,030,849 inhabitants5,959 km²
Fribourg314,990 inhabitants1,671 km²
Geneva500,148 inhabitants282 km²
Glarus40,340 inhabitants685 km²
Grisons197,855 inhabitants7,105 km²
Jura73,277 inhabitants839 km²
Luzern406,419 inhabitants1,493 km²
Neuchâtel177,930 inhabitants803 km²
Nidwalden42,958 inhabitants276 km²
Obwalden37,569 inhabitants491 km²
Schaffhausen81,339 inhabitants298 km²
Schwyz157,288 inhabitants907 km²
Solothurn271,346 inhabitants790 km²
St. Gallen504,618 inhabitants2,026 km²
Thurgau273,758 inhabitants991 km²
Ticino353,699 inhabitants2,812 km²
Uri36,294 inhabitants1,077 km²
Valais341,381 inhabitants5,224 km²
Vaud792,995 inhabitants3,212 km²
Zug125,401 inhabitants239 km²
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See also