Switzerland: Country and Foreign Investment
Switzerland is a landlocked country in the heart of Europe, with a total area of 41,285 km2 (15,941 sq miles). It is bordered on the west by France, on the north by Germany, on the east by Austria and Liechtenstein, and on the south by Italy. In ther north of the country is the Swiss Plateau; to the south of this lie the Alps.
The country lies at the centre of Europe's Transalpine routes with two-thirds of its borders following the natural contours of mountain ridges, crests, lakes and rivers and with one quarter of its area consisting of scenic high alps, lakes and barren rock.
The climate in most of Switzerland is temperate, though naturally this varies with altitude. Due to the country’s geographical diversity, rainfall varies dramatically from region to region with an annual average of 100 cm. The diversity of vegetation is testimony to the national variation in rainfall and climate. The time-zone is as for most EU countries: GMT plus one hour.