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| Official languages
|German, French, Italian and Romansh|
| 41,285 km2|
Federal directorial republic
| Time zone
| CET (UTC+1)|
Switzerland (German: die Schweiz, French: la Suisse, Italian: la Svizzera, Romansh: Svizra) is a country in central Europe. Switzerland is bordered in the north by Germany, in the east by Liechtenstein and Austria, in the south by Italy and in the west by France. The capital of Switzerland is Bern. Other big cities are Zürich and Geneva.
Switzerland is a well-known country in Europe and its mountains and lakes are famous. A lot of people come to Switzerland for skiing and other types of winter sports. The Swiss flag has got a red background and a white cross in the middle. The flag isn't rectangular, but square. The flag is the symbol of Swiss quality, because a lot of Swiss companies use it in their logo.
Switzerland is a neutral country, like Sweden or Ireland. Neutrally means Switzerland doesn't choose a party if there's a war. Its neutrally is the reason why the country wasn't occupied during the Second World War, whereas the neighboring countries were part of the German Reich.
Switzerland isn't a member of the European Union of the NATO. Although Switzerland likes to trade whit Europe. European people and companies are then allowed to travel through Switzerland without having to show a passport. This is the same situation for Swiss companies and people who travel through Europe.
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