Country: Switzerland

Population: 7,554,661

Capital: Bern

Time Zone: UTC+1

Currency Name: Swiss franc (CHF)

Government Type: formally a confederation but similar in structure to a federal republic

Languages: German (official) 63.7%, French (official) 20.4%, Italian (official) 6.5%, Serbo-Croatian 1.5%, Albanian 1.3%, Portuguese 1.2%, Spanish 1.1%, English 1%, Romansch 0.5%, other 2.8%

Ethnic Breakdown: German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6%

Religion: 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 Cities: Bern, Geneva, Lake Lucerne, Laussane, Zurich

Phone Country Code: 41

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Official Tourism Website: http://www.myswitzerland.com/en.cfm/home

High Travel Season: June - August

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: j

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), Easter, May 1 (May Day), Ascension Day, Pentecost, Whit Monday, August 1 (Swiss National Day), Swiss Federal Fast, December 25 (Christmas Day)

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