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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.
  • Land border length: The length of each country's land border. Islands are listed as having a 0.0 km.
  • National anthems: National anthem.
  • Neighboring countries and territories: The countries and territories neighboring each country. "L" means they share only a land border and "M" means they have only maritime boundaries. A blank means they share both.
  • 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 Switzerland United Kingdom
Daylight Savings Time end date 01:00 UTC on last Sunday October 01:00 GMT on last Sunday October
Daylight Savings Time start date 01:00 UTC on last Sunday March 01:00 GMT on last Sunday March
Full name Swiss Confederation United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Land border length 1,852 km
Ranked 92nd. 5 times more than United Kingdom
360 km
Ranked 145th.
National anthems Schweizerpsalm ( Swiss Psalm ) God Save the Queen
Neighboring countries and territories Austria (L) France (L) Italy (L) Liechtenstein (L) Germany (L) Belgium (M) Denmark (M) France (M) Germany (M) Ireland Netherlands (M) Norway (M) Faroe Islands ( Denmark ) (M)
Overview <p>A landlocked, mountainous country, Switzerland&#039;s geographical position in central Europe and studious neutrality have given it the access and political stability to become one of the world&#039;s wealthiest countries. </p> <p>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. </p> <p>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.</p><br> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17980650">Full Article</a> <p>The United Kingdom is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It has a long history as a major player in international affairs and fulfils an important role in the EU, UN and Nato.</p> <p>The twentieth century saw Britain having to redefine its place in the world. At the beginning of the century it commanded a world-wide empire as the foremost global power. </p> <p>Two world wars and the end of empire diminished its role, but the UK remains a major economic and military power, with considerable political and cultural influence around the world.</p><br> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18023389">Full Article</a>

SOURCES: Wikipedia: Daylight saving time by country (Daylight Saving Time rules); http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sovereign_states; Wikipedia: List of countries and territories by land borders (Land borders) (Note: land border lengths will vary depending on the scale by which they are measured, and therefore these figures without a source accompanied by an explanation of how they were measured and at what scale makes comparisons impossible; for more information see coastline paradox .); Wikipedia: List of national anthems (Anthems of United Nations member states) ("List of Member States" . United Nations . Retrieved 2011-07-21 .); Wikipedia: List of countries and territories by land and maritime borders; British Broadcasting Corporation 2014

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