Territory in west central Europe, ruled since 1848 by the Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft - Confédération suisse - Confederazione Svizzera
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  • FreedomPedia
  • Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. The federal republic is situated in Western-Central Europe, and is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning a total area of 41,285 square kilometers (land area 39,997 square kilometers). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately eight million people is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are to be found: among them are the two global cities and economic centers Zürich and Geneva.

    Birthplace of

    Benjamin Constant, in Lausanne, on 25 Oct 1767

    Deathplace of

    William Henry Chamberlin, on 12 Sep 1969
    Wilhelm Röpke, in Geneva, on 12 Feb 1966

    Measures of Freedom

    Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
    2014: 8.83, Rank: 2, Personal Freedom: 9.41, Economic Freedom: 8.25, Democracy Index: 9.01
    Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
    2014: 8.25, Rank: 4
    Switzerland | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
    2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 96, Political Rights: 1, Civil Liberties: 1
    "In 2015, Swiss voters elected a new parliament, choosing deputies for the National Council and the Council of States. The right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) made the most significant gains, largely at the expense of centrist and left-wing parties. The election campaign as well as general national dialogue were dominated by discussions of the refugee crisis that gripped Europe during the year."


    Terrorism Comes with Empire, by Jacob Hornberger, 8 Jul 2005
    Reflects on the 7 July 2005 London bombings (and 1993 and 2001 attacks in New York and the Pentagon) and why England and the U.S. were the targets rather than Switzerland
    "Question: Why didn't the terrorists strike Switzerland instead of England? After all, the two countries share the same 'freedom and values,' don't they? Answer: The Swiss government didn't attack Iraq. It doesn't meddle in the Middle East. It didn't participate in the brutal sanctions against the Iraqi people. It doesn't maintain an empire of overseas bases. It doesn't go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. The Swiss government minds its own business."

    The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Switzerland" as of 22 Jul 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.