Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities.[note 1] The country is situated in western-Central Europe,[note 4] 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.
- Size: 41285 km²
- Climate: General information, diagrams and weather forecast
- Capital: Bern City
- Currency: Swiss Francs (CHF)