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Switzerland (German: Die Schweiz, French: la Suisse, Italian: la Svizzera, Romansh: Svizra, Latin Conf?deratio Helvetica), officially the Swiss Confederation (also called Swiss Confederation or the Swiss Confederation) (German: Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft, French: Confédération suisse, Italian: Confederazione Svizzera, Romansh: Confederaziun Svizra) is a country in the middle of Europe with Germany as neighbors to the north, France in the west, in southern Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein in the east.
Switzerland is a state within an area of 41,284 km ˛ and approximately 7.7 million inhabitants. Administratively it is a federal republic consisting of 26 cantons. The federal capital of Switzerland Bern, where the federal government is since the inception of the federal state. Switzerland has a history of neutrality: in 1815 by the Congress of Vienna the permanent neutrality of the country by the European powers recognized. It is not a member of the European Union, but is economically dependent on the EU.
According to tradition, the Old Confederation - a confederation that was the forerunner of the current federal Switzerland - founded in the 13th century from the Federal Letter of 1291, an agreement between the three "oerkantons". Although the country thus has a long history as an independent state, is the Swiss culture strongly influenced by that of neighboring countries Germany, France and Italy. German, French and Italian are all official languages in Switzerland, as well as Romansh. The "neutral" country name is the Latin name Conf?deratio Helvetica (CH).
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