Switzerland is a landlocked country in central Europe which shares borders with Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein, Italy and France. The Alps occupy the greater part of the territory; the population is concentrated mostly on the Swiss Plateau, where the largest cities are to be found.

Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita gross domestic product, and has the highest wealth per adult. Switzerland is home to several large multinational corporations, including Nestlé, Novartis and Hoffmann-La Roche. Its most important economic sector is manufacturing, which includes the production of specialist chemicals, health and pharmaceutical goods, scientific and precision measuring instruments and musical instruments.

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8 million 
German, French, Italian 
Swiss franc 
cold winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers 
Largest Cities
Zurich pop 0.37m, Geneva pop 0.18m, Basel pop 0.17m 
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