There’s a good chance that you’ve never been to Switzerland before… so let’s take a digital vacation and learn more about the country.
- The country is situated in western Europe, where it is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.
- The Swiss Confederation has a long history of armed neutrality—it has not been in a state of war since 1847—and did not join the United Nations until 2002.
- Switzerland is also the birthplace of the Red Cross and home to a large number of international organizations, including the second largest UN office.
- Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita gross domestic product, and has the highest wealth per adult (financial and non-financial assets) of any country in the world.
- Zurich and Geneva have respectively been ranked as the cities with the second and eighth highest quality of life in the world.
- The Swiss, though predominantly German-speaking, do not form a nation in the sense of a common ethnic or linguistic identity.
- Electricity generated in Switzerland is 56% from hydroelectricity and 39% from nuclear power, resulting in a nearly CO2-free electricity-generating network.
- The most dense rail network in Europe of 5,063 km (3,146 mi) carries over 350 million passengers annually.
- Switzerland has one of the best environmental records among nations in the developed world.