Introduction to Switzerland

Switzerland is a federal republic located in Western Europe where it is bordered to the north by Germany, France to the west, Italy to the south and to the east by Austria and Liechtenstein. It is a landlocked nation being surrounded by the Alps mountain range. Whilst the majority of the country is made of mountains the Swiss population of approximately 8 million people is concentrated on the Swiss Plateau. Switzerland is famous for its long history of armed neutrality and has not been involved in a war since 1815. The world spanning charity of the Red Cross is based in the country as well as a number of other international charities and the United Nations second largest office in Geneva. Globally Switzerland is the thirty-sixth largest economy by purchasing power and is the twentieth largest exporter as well as he eighteenth biggest exporter. BY Gross domestic product Switzerland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and has the highest wealth per adult of any nation on Earth. Switzerland offers a high standing of living with its biggest cities of Zurich and Geneva both making it into the top ten cities for best quality of living. Switzerland is a popular destination for expats both looking for work and for those seeking a nice place to retire. The country boasts spectacular scenery, clean air and a pleasant climate. Switzerland is not a member of the European and maintains its independence as an individual country and does not use the Euro. Instead it maintains the usage of the Swiss Franc, one of the world’s major currencies.