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Fast Facts

  • Federal democratic republic with bicameral legislature
  • Divided into 26 cantons (similar to states)
  • No official capital, but the ‘federal city’ is Bern
  • Students will need a minimum of CHF17,640 (~US$17,270) per year for living costs
  • International tuition fees at general universities currently average between CHF850 and 1,310 (~US$830 and 1,280) per year for bachelor's degrees
  • Population: 8.5 million (2018 estimate)
  • Area: 15,940 square miles
  • Part of the Schengen Area, but not the European Union
  • Four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh
  • The nation has its origins in the late 13th century, though it only came into being in its current form in the mid-19th century.
  • The “CH” often used in reference to Switzerland stands for Confoederatio Helvetica, the original Latin name for what is now Switzerland.
  • Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
  • International dialling code: +41
  • Central European Time (UTC+1), switching to UTC+2 in the summer months