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Switzerland
Information
Founded

1291

Population

8.081 million (2013)

Capital

Bern

Continent

Central Europe

Area

15,940 mi²

Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Old Towns within its cities contain medieval landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Cathedral of Bern. The country is also a destination for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are renowned.

  • Old Confederacy (1291–1523)
  • Reformation (1523–1648)
  • Ancien Régime (1648–1798)
  • Napoleonic Era (1798–1848)
  • Switzerland as a federal state (1848–1914)
  • World Wars (1914–1945)
  • After 1945

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