Switzerland – GENERAL INFORMATION – Facts and Figures

Nationality
       
noun: Swiss (singular and plural)

Area
       
total: 41,290 sq km
        land: 39,770 sq km
        water: 1,520 sq km

Population: 7,489,370 (July 2005 est.)

Ethnic groups
       
German 65%

        French 18%
        Italian 10%
        Romansch 1%
        other 6%  

Capital: Bern, population 125,000

Largest Cities
       
Zurich – 340,000

        Geneva – 175,000
        Basel – 170,000
        Laussane – 115,000
        Sankt Gallen – 70,000
        Lucerne – 60,000

Official Language
       
German (official) 63.7%

        French (official) 19.2%
        Italian (official) 7.6%
        Romansch (official) 0.6%
        other 8.9%

Religion
       
Roman Catholic 46.1%

        Protestant 40%
        other 5%
        none 8.9% (1990) 

Political system: Federal republic

GDP: purchasing power parity – $251.9 billion                  

GDP per head: purchasing power parity – $33,800

GDP – composition by sector
       
agriculture: 1.5%

        industry: 34%
        services: 64.5% (2003 est.)

Inflation: 0.9% (2004 est.) % 

Internet TLD: .ch

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