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Switzerland

Switzerland Background Stats

Neighboring countries and territories:

Austria (L) France (L) Italy (L) Liechtenstein (L) Germany (L)

Definitions

  • Daylight Savings Time end date: Rules that determine the date on which daylight savings time ends. Clocks are moved backwards on this date.
  • Daylight Savings Time start date: Rules that determine the date on which daylight savings time begins. Clocks are moved forward on this date.
  • Full name: Full names (translated to english) of the United Nations member states, as of 2014. For a list of full names in the respective original languages of each country, check this link.
  • Independence day date: Date.
  • Land border length: The length of each country's land border. Islands are listed as having a 0.0 km.
  • National anthems: National anthem.
  • Number of maritime boundary neighbours: Number of states and territories with which each country shares a maritime border. Two countries separated from each other by a body of water have a maritime border with each other.
  • Overview: A geopolitical overview of every sovereign country in the world, briefly examining their recent history and place on the global stage. The texts are taken from the BBC News website.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK
Daylight Savings Time end date 01:00 UTC on last Sunday October 2013
Daylight Savings Time start date 01:00 UTC on last Sunday March 2013
Full name Swiss Confederation 2013
Independence day date August 1 1291
Land border length 1,852 km 2014 92nd out of 200
National anthems Schweizerpsalm ( Swiss Psalm ) 2011
Number of maritime boundary neighbours 0.0 2014 134th out of 171
Overview

A landlocked, mountainous country, Switzerland's geographical position in central Europe and studious neutrality have given it the access and political stability to become one of the world's wealthiest countries.

Switzerland has for centuries been a neutral state, which means that it cannot take part in armed conflict unless it is attacked. Its forces can only be used for self-defence and internal security.

It joined the United Nations only in 2002. Surrounded by the European Union, it has vacillated between seeking closer engagement with its powerful neighbour and other international organisations, and preferring a more isolationist course.


Full Article
2014

Citation

"Switzerland Background Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Switzerland/Background