Swiss Confederation. Country Code: CH. Location: Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy. Land Area: 15,940 square miles. Capital: Bern. Climate: Temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers. Terrain: Mostly mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) with a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes. Population: 7,283,274. Life Expectancy: 80 years. Literacy: 99%. Languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansch. Ethnic Groups: German, French, Italian, and Romansch. Currency: Swiss franc (CHF).

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