Small country, big diversity
220 km (137 miles) from north to south, 348 km (216 miles) from east to west, and tremendous cultural and scenic diversity in between: 8 million people live in an area of just 41,285 square kilometres (16,000 square miles), speaking four official languages (German, French, Italian, Rhaeto-Romanic) plus countless dialects. Zürich and Geneva may be better known, but the Federal City and hence de facto capital is Bern.
Switzerland is home to more than 120 glaciers, 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 48 mountains above 4,000 metres (13,100 feet). The Dufourspitze in Valais is the highest, at 4,634m (15,203 feet), while Lake Maggiore is the lowest point in the country, at 193m (633 feet) above sea level.
For further tourism related information on Switzerland, visit the website of Switzerland Tourism.
For general information on Switzerland, see: Swissworld.org
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