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One For All, All For One.

 

General


Population: 8,061,516 (2014), 7,996,026 (2013)
Land Area: 41,290 sq km
Natural Resources: Hydro power, timber, salt
Capital: Bern
Political System: Federal Republic
State Leader: Didier Burkhalter (January 1st 2014)
Languages: German, French, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Albanian, Portuguese, Spanish, English, Romansch
Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF)
Major Religions: Roman Catholic 41.8%, Protestant 35.3%, Muslim 4.3%, Orthodox 1.8%, Other Christian 0.4%, Other 1%, Unspecified 4.3%, None 11.1%
Major Ethnicities: German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, Other 6%
Life Expectancy: 82.39 years (2014), 82.28 years (2013)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 646.2 billion (2013), 632.4 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 371.2 billion (2013), 369.4 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 54,800 (2013), 53,300 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 2% (2013), 1% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 0.7%, Industry 26.8%, Services 72.5% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 3.4%, Industry 23.4%, Services 73.2% (2010)
Industries: Machinery, chemicals, watches, textiles, precision instruments, tourism, banking, insurance
Agriculture Products: Grains, fruits, vegetables; meat, eggs
Human Development Index: 0.917 (3rd)(2014), 0.913 (9th)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 12.208 billion (2004)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (2013), 2.9% (2012)

MilitarySwitzerland Map


Army Size: 4 300 (2004)
Budget: 1% of GDP (2005)

Current Situation

 

Switzerland is located in Western Europe. Switzerland is bordered by Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Liechstenstein. Switzerland is a very country with a very high income economy. Switzerland is the home of several large multi-nationals, notably Nestle, Glencore, Novartis and large financial institutions such as UBS and Credit Suisse. The GDP per capita is very high, however because of Switzerland's exposure to international trade, it might slow down during the global economic crisis, notably because of its banks suffering huge losses.

(2014) Switzerland's economy has recovered from the global economic crisis and is posting a respectable growth rate while its other neighbours continue to struggle.

Thoughts & Comments

 

Sources

CIA World Factbook: Switzerland
The Economist: The World In 2014
Wikipedia: Switzerland
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/CHE.html

Updated on: December 27th, 2014