The Swiss Confederation is a small landlocked alpine country in Central Europe with 7.7 million inhabitants (2009) and area of 41285 sq. km. It is organised as a federal republic of 26 cantons (states) and its capital is Bern. Other major cities are Z├╝rich and Geneva, which are the two economic centres of Switzerland. The country has been settled for about 150000 years. The earliest advanced civilisations in Switzerland were the Hallstatt and La Tene cultures. In 15 BC the territory was integrated into the Roman Empire, and was settled in the 5th century by the Alemanni tribe. The first independent Swiss state was established at the end of the 13th century, when the rural communes of Uri, Schwyz, and Nidwalden formed an alliance. Over the centuries more and more cities and cantons joined the confederation. In the congress of Vienna in 1815 the European powers agreed to permanently recognise Swiss neutrality. Nowadays Switzerland is a technologically advanced country with a strong economy and one of the highest GDP in the world. The most important sectors of the Swiss economy are chemicals, health and pharmaceutical, measuring instruments, musical instruments, real estate, banking and insurance, tourism, and international organizations. Switzerland is not a member of the European Union. The official languages of Switzerland are German, French and Italian.

01 Croix d'Or street 02 Palace of Justice 03 Palace of Justice 04 Art and history museum
05 Street with cars 06 Russian church 07 Russian church 08 Russian church 09 Art and history museum 10 Flags on street
11 St Pierre cathedral 12 St Pierre cathedral 13 St Pierre cathedral tower 14 St Pierre cathedral 15 Escalade fountain
16 Escalade fountain 17 Clock tower 18 Clock tower 19 Brunswick mausoleum 20 Brunswick mausoleum 21 Rive street pedestrian area
01 Apparel shop 02 Stuffed toys shop 03 Apparel shop 04 Diesel apparel outlet 05 Shops in pedestrian area
06 Douglas perfume shop 07 H&M and Swatch stores 08 H&M store 09 H&M and Swatch stores 10 Collet watches shop 11 Bongenie apparel store
12 Tram 13 Bakery 14 Confederation mall 15 Fontaine jewellery
16 Apparel store 17 Tram rails in pedestrian area 18 Pedestrian area 01 Nations building
02 Nations building and UNO office 03 Child playing among fountains 04 UNO office and broken chair monument 05 Broken chair monument
06 UNO emblem and board 07 UNO emblem and board 08 UNO emblem 09 Entrance and flags
10 Entrance and flags 11 UNO office 01 International Telecommunication Union ITU building 01 International Telecommunication Union ITU headquarters
02 International Telecommunication Union ITU headquarters 03 Bust of general Eloy Alfaro 04 Bust of general Eloy Alfaro 06 WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization headquarters 07 WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization headquarters
08 WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization headquarters 09 International Telecommunication Union ITU headquarters 10 International Telecommunication Union ITU headquarters 11 WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization headquarters 12 World map boards
13 Nations square 14 Nations square
15 WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization headquarters 16 WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization headquarters 17 UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees headquarters 18 UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees headquarters 19 UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees headquarters
20 International Telecommunication Union ITU headquarters 21 Ariana park 22 Ariana park 23 Ariana museum 24 Ariana museum
25 Ariana museum 26 International Committee of the Red Cross building
01 Waterfront
02 Waterfront
03 Waterfront and Swiss flag 04 Ferry boat on lake
05 Flower clock 06 Waterfront and St Pierre cathedral 07 Waterfront
08 Jet d'Eau water fountain at night 09 Jet d'Eau water fountain at night 10 Jet d'Eau water fountain at night 01 Balexert shopping mall
02 Balexert shopping mall 03 Balexert shopping mall 04 Balexert shopping mall 01 Metropol building 02 Metropol building
03 Metropol building 04 Grossmunster 05 Guild house Zunft zur Meisen 06 Munster bridge and Grossmunster 07 Grossmunster towers
08 Grossmunster towers 09 Grossmunster red tower 10 Grossmunster 11 Grossmunster 12 Munstergasse alley 13 Munstergasse alley
14 Napf square and fountain 15 Napf square and Brunnenturm tower 16 Brunnenturm tower 17 Rindermarkt alley 18 Rindermarkt alley and Oepfelchammer restaurant 19 Stussihofstatt with fountain memorial
20 Stussihofstatt alley 21 Stussihofstatt fountain 22 Stussihofstatt fountain statue 23 Hirschen square 01 Ferris wheel
02 Panoramic view of waterfront
03 Waterfront and pier 04 Blue flowers 05 General Guisan road
06 Panoramic view of waterfront 07 Ferris wheel 08 Quai bridge and Grossmunster
09 Waterfront and piers 10 Waterfront 11 Waterfront 12 Eden au lac hotel
13 Uto waterfront and boats 14 Artistic roller skater 15 Artistic roller skater 16 Artistic roller skater 17 Artistic roller skaters
18 Limmat river and town hall 19 Town hall 20 Limmat waterfront with town hall and bridge
21 Limmat river 22 Limmat river waterfront 01 Hotel Cafe Central 02 Train station
03 Souvenir shop 04 Railway station 05 Schweizerhof hotel 06 Schweizerhof hotel 07 Bahnhof street 08 Yendi apparel store
09 Feldpausch apparel store 10 Feldpausch apparel store 11 Bahnhof street 12 Bahnhof street 13 Clock tower of St Peter church 14 Fraumunster abbey clock tower
15 Fraumunster abbey 16 Ornamental gate 17 Grossmunster towers 18 Limmat river
19 Stadthaus waterfront 20 Fraumunster abbey 21 Stadthaus 22 Grossmunster 01 Airport hall
02 Airport hall 03 Airport hall 04 Sunset and planes 05 Sunset and planes
06 Duty free shop 01 Sailboat on lake 02 Swiss flag against sky 03 Residential areas 04 Residential areas
05 Villas on lake of Zurich 06 Sailboat on lake 07 Residential areas 08 Lake of Zurich
09 Tree 10 Lake of Zurich 11 Ufenau island 12 Ufenau island
13 Ufenau island pier 14 Ufenau island 15 Patrouille Suisse aerobatic team on lake of Zurich 16 Patrouille Suisse aerobatic team on lake of Zurich
17 Patrouille Suisse aerobatic team on lake of Zurich 18 Patrouille Suisse aerobatic team on lake of Zurich 19 Patrouille Suisse aerobatic team on lake of Zurich 20 Rapperswil waterfront
21 Rapperswil waterfront and hotel Schwanen 22 Rapperswil waterfront 23 Rapperswil waterfront
24 Rapperswil waterfront 25 Rapperswil waterfront 26 Rapperswil waterfront and castle 27 Herrliberg pier
28 Herrliberg church
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