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The official name is Swiss Confederation, and it covers 41,285 square kilometres. It is a Federal semi-direct democracy under multi-party parliamentary directorial republic with around 8.400.000 citizens. 71% are Christians, 22% do not have a religion, 5% Muslims and the rest dividend among minor religions.
The currency is Swiss franc (CHF), worth 6,97 Danish Krone. The GDP is US$651.770 billion.

The climate of Switzerland is heavily influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. It variants with the heights, going from Mediterranean climate at Switzerland's southern tip to to alpine in the mountains.
Here are quite some larger mammals like Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra), Ibex (Capra ibex), Red Deer (Cervus elaphus), Marmot (Marmota marmota) and Fox (Vulpes vulpes).
Switzerland's varied climate supports a great diversity of plants and animals. In the sunny and southerly canton of Ticino, Mediterranean-style scrub vegetation and pines are common. Decorative palms also dot communities along the shores of Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore. In the cooler, more northerly parts of the country, a mix of deciduous trees and coniferous trees dominates. The most common deciduous trees include oak, beech, maple, and chestnut. Coniferous trees include spruce, pine, and fir.
I would like to see the Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) which is the national flower of Switzerland. It would be interesting to experience true Alpine vegetation, but besides from the Edelweiss, I have no favourites.

Well, not yet, but one day, I will see this interesting country!

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