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Switzerland: Country and Foreign Investment


Switzerland is a landlocked, independent country strategically located at the heart of continental Western Europe and measuring 15,941 square miles. It is bordered on the west by France, on the north by Germany, on the east by Austria and the principality of Liechtenstein, and on the south by Italy.

The country lies at the center of Europe's transalpine routes with two-thirds of its frontiers 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 Swiss Alps are both the dividing line for and transform four distinct Central European climates into a single transitional climate. Because of the geographic diversity of the country rainfall varies dramatically from region to region with an annual average of 40 inches. The diversity of vegetation is testimony to the national variation in rainfall and climates.

Communications and telecommunications are what can be expected from a modern industrialized nation with one of the highest standards of living in the world. Switzerland has a dense road and rail network with multiple connections to all 5 bordering countries and with several national airports providing direct and connecting flights to all major international destinations. The two most important are Zurich and Geneva (Cointrin).

The time-zone is as for the EU: GMT plus one hour in winter. In summer they don't work anyway.



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