Switzerland: The Best Place In The World To Be Born

Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country in Europe. The Swiss Confederation is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities, called Bundesstadt ("federal city"). The country is situated in Western and Central Europe, where it is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning an area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8 million people is concentrated mostly on the Plateau, where the largest cities are to be found; among them are the two global and economic centres of Zürich and Geneva.

The establishment of the Swiss Confederation is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291, which is celebrated annually as Swiss National Day. The country has a long history of armed neutrality. It has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815 and did not join the United Nations until 2002. Nevertheless, it pursues an active foreign policy and is frequently involved in peace-building processes around the world. In addition to being the birthplace of the Red Cross, Switzerland is home to numerous international organizations, including the second largest UN office.

On the European level, it is a founding member of the European Free Trade Association, but notably, it is not part of the European Union, nor the European Economic Area (and thus does not use the Euro currency). However the country does participate in the Schengen Area and the EU's single market through a number of bilateral treaties. The capital is Bern and largest city is Zürich. The currency is Swiss franc (CHF).

Some interesting facts are:
1. In Switzerland, it is illegal to deny that the holocaust happened.

2. In Switzerland, it is illegal to keep just one guinea pig. You got to have them in pairs.

3. There is a 500-year-old statue of a man eating a sack of babies in Bern, Switzerland, and nobody is sure why.

4. A Swiss Jeweler made a $68 million ring that was made entirely out of diamond.

5. The Swiss Army Knife’s corkscrew tool is not made in Switzerland, but in Japan. All other parts are pure Swiss-made.

6. The Swiss version of Santa Claus is normally accompanied by a very strange-looking individual with a blacked out face, whose job is to beat naughty children with sticks. The guy’s name is “Schmutzli”, which roughly translates to “Dirty”.

7. Dalai Lama owns the smallest vineyard in the world, which is located in Switzerland. It consists of only three vines and has an area of 1.67 meters squared.

8. The clock of St. Peter's Church in Zürich is the largest church clock face in Europe.

9. More than 40 shipwrecks in Lac Leman (Lake Geneva), including four railway cars from the mid to late 1800's.

10. There are 208 mountains over 3,000m high  with 24 of them over 4,000m. The highest is Monte Rosa (Dufoursptiz) at 4,634m, situated on the Swiss/Italian border.

11. Chocolate is a major Swiss export – just 18 Swiss chocolate companies made 172,376 tonnes of chocolate in 2012.

12. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) 2013 Quality of Life Index, a survey which takes 11 statistically significant factors into account, e.g. how happy people say they are, crime levels, trust in public institutions, climate, employment, gender equality, quality of family life and material well-being.

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