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Switzerland - At a glance
Location Central Europe
Neighbouring countries France, Italy, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria
Climate Temperate, but varies with altitude
Other main cities Zürich, Geneva, Basel
Life expectancy 80.2 years (men), 84.9 years (women)
Economy Modern market economy
GDP US$685.4 billion
Languages German is spoken in north, central and eastern Switzerland, French in the west, Italian in the south and Romansch in the southeast.
Currency Swiss franc. For up-to-date rates, go to www.xe.com.
National airline Swiss
International telephone code +41
Electricity 220V, 50Hz
Weights and measures Metric, using a comma rather than a decimal point and denoting thousands by a full point rather than a comma (eg: 1,6kg = 1.6kg).
Flag White cross on red background
National anthem Swiss Psalm, officially confirmed in 1981 but first performed in 1843
National flower Edelweiss
Public holidays 1 August (National Day); many local holidays/festivals