Switzerland at a Glance

Capital City :  Berne

Major Cities :  Baden, Basel, Bellinzona, Bern, Biel, Brig, Chur, Fribourg, Genève, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Lausanne, Locarno, Lugano, Luzern, Martigny, Montreux-Vevey, Neuchâtel, Schaffhausen, Sierre, Sion, Solothurn, St. Gallen, Thun, Winterthur, Zug, Zürich

Bordering Countries :  Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein

Languages :   German, French, Italian, Romansch

Climate :

Due to its central position, the weather is influenced by the four main European air currents - from the Atlantic, the eastern continent, the northern sub polar region and the Mediterranean south. The climate is temperate on the Central Plateau; otherwise it differs considerably from region to region.

Landforms :  Alps and Pre-Alps cover 60%, Central Plateau 30% and Jura 10% of the country.

Land Area :   41,284 km2