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Map of Switzerland: offline map and detailed map of Switzerland

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Switzerland map

The Switzerland map shows the map of Switzerland offline. This map of Switzerland will allow you to orient yourself in Switzerland in Western Europe. The Switzerland map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

Extending across the north and south side of the Alps, Switzerland encompasses a great diversity of landscapes and climates on a limited area of 41,285 square kilometres (15,940 sq mi) as you can see in Switzerland map. The population is about 7.9 million, resulting in an average population density of around 190 people per square kilometre (485/sq mi). The more mountainous southern half of the country is far more sparsely populated than the northern half. In the largest Canton of Graubünden, lying entirely in the Alps, population density falls to 27 /km² (70 /sq mi).

Switzerland comprises three main linguistic and cultural regions: German, French, and Italian, to which the Romansh-speaking valleys are added. The Swiss, therefore, though predominantly German-speaking, do not form a nation in the sense of a common ethnic or linguistic identity. The strong sense of belonging to the country is founded on the common historical background, shared values (federalism and direct democracy) and Alpine symbolism as its shown in Switzerland map. The establishment of the Swiss Confederation is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291; Swiss National Day is celebrated on the anniversary.

Resident foreigners and temporary foreign workers make up about 22% of the population. Most of these (60%) are from European Union or EFTA countries. Italians are the largest single group of foreigners with 17.3% of total foreign population as its mentioned in Switzerland map. They are followed by Germans (13.2%), immigrants from Serbia and Montenegro (11.5%) as well as Portugal (11.3%). Immigrants from Sri Lanka, most of them former Tamil refugees, are the largest group among people of Asian origin. In the 2000s, domestic and international institutions have expressed concern about what they perceive as an increase of xenophobia, particularly in some political campaignings. However, the high proportion of foreign citizens in the country, as well as the generally unproblematic integration of foreigners, underlines Switzerland openness.

Switzerland on map

Switzerland on map shows the map of the country Switzerland. Switzerland on the map will allow you to plan your travel in Switzerland in Western Europe. The Switzerland map labeled is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

The Federal Constitution of Switzerland adopted in 1848 is the legal foundation of the modern federal state. It is among the oldest constitutions in the world. A new Constitution was adopted in 1999, but did not introduce notable changes to the federal structure. It outlines basic and political rights of individuals and citizen participation in public affairs, divides the powers between the Confederation and the cantons and defines federal jurisdiction and authority. There are three main governing bodies on the federal level as you can see in Switzerland on map: the bicameral parliament (legislative), the Federal Council (executive) and the Federal Court (judicial).

Switzerland has no official state religion, though most of the cantons (except Geneva and Neuchâtel) recognize official churches, which are either the Catholic Church or the (Protestant) Swiss Reformed Church as its shown in Switzerland on map. These churches, and in some cantons also the Old Catholic Church and Jewish congregations, are financed by official taxation of adherents. The reformed church of Glarus Christianity is the predominant religion of Switzerland, divided between the Catholic Church (41.8% of the population) and various Protestant denominations (35.3%). Geneva converted to Protestantism in 1536, just before John Calvin arrived there. Immigration has brought Islam (4.26%) and Eastern Orthodoxy (1.8%) as sizeable minority religions. Other Christian minority communities include Neo-Pietism (0.44%), Pentecostalism (0.28%, mostly incorporated in the Schweizer Pfingstmission), Methodism (0.13%), the New Apostolic Church (0.45%), Jehovah Witnesses (0.28%), other Protestant denominations (0.20%), the Old Catholic Church (0.18%), other Christian denominations (0.20%).

Between two thirds and three quarters of the population live in urban areas. Switzerland has gone from a largely rural country to an urban one in just 70 years as its mentioned in Switzerland on map. Since 1935 urban development has claimed as much of the Swiss landscape as it did during the previous 2,000 years. This urban sprawl does not only affect the plateau but also the Jura and the Alpine foothills and there are growing concerns about land use. However from the beginning of the 21st century, the population growth in urban areas is higher than in the countryside.

Detailed map of Switzerland

The detailed map of Switzerland shows a labeled and large map of the country Switzerland. This detailed map of Switzerland will allow you to orient yourself in Switzerland in Western Europe. The detailed Switzerland map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

Switzerland most important economic sector is manufacturing. Manufacturing consists largely of the production of specialist chemicals, health and pharmaceutical goods, scientific and precision measuring instruments and musical instruments. The largest exported goods are chemicals (34% of exported goods), machines/electronics (20.9%), and precision instruments/watches (16.9%) as you can see in the Detailed map of Switzerland. Exported services amount to a third of exported goods. The services sector – especially banking and insurance, tourism, and international organisations – is another important industry for Switzerland. Around 3.8 million people work in Switzerland. Switzerland has a more flexible job market than neighboring countries and the unemployment rate is very low. Unemployment rate increased from a low of 1.7% in June 2000 to a peak of 4.4%, as of December 2009. Population growth from net immigration is quite high, at 0.52% of population in 2004.

The Swiss Armed Forces, including the Land Forces and the Air Force, are composed of conscripts: professional soldiers constitute only about 5% of the military personnel, and all the rest are conscript male citizens aged from 20 to 34 (in special cases up to 50) years as its shown in the Detailed map of Switzerland. Being a landlocked country, Switzerland has no navy; however, on lakes bordering neighbouring countries, armed military patrol boats are used. Swiss citizens are prohibited from serving in foreign armies, with the exception of the Swiss Guards of the Vatican. The structure of the Swiss militia system stipulates that the soldiers keep their Army issued equipment, including all personal weapons, at home. Some organizations and political parties find this practice controversial but mainstream Swiss opinion is in favour of the system.

There are 12 universities in Switzerland, ten of which are maintained at cantonal level and usually offer a range of non-technical subjects. The first university in Switzerland was founded in 1460 in Basel (with a faculty of medicine) and has a tradition of chemical and medical research in Switzerland. The biggest university in Switzerland is the University of Zurich with nearly 25,000 students as its mentioned in the Detailed map of Switzerland. The two institutes sponsored by the federal government are the ETHZ in Zurich (founded 1855) and the EPFL in Lausanne (founded 1969 as such, formerly an institute associated with the University of Lausanne) which both have an excellent international reputation. In addition there are various Universities of Applied Sciences. In business and management studies, University of St. Gallen, (HSG) and International Institute for Management Development (IMD) are the leaders within the country and highly regarded internationally. Switzerland has the second highest rate of foreign students in tertiary education, after Australia.

Map of Northern Switzerland

Map of Northern Switzerland shows the North part of the country Switzerland. Northern Switzerland map will allow you to easily explore areas of the North of Switzerland in Western Europe. The map of Northern Switzerland is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

Northern Switzerland is a cultural haven, comprising some of the country most cosmopolitan cities and picturesque countryside. While its southern counterpart is renowned for ski resorts, this area contains several of the nation largest cities, with some of the country most impressive architecture. Spend time in the industrial, economic and cultural hub of Zurich as you can see in the Map of Northern Switzerland. Snow-capped mountains surround Switzerland largest city, which has an Old Town that is among Europe greatest treasures. Gaze up at the Charles Tower of Grossmünster church, visit the Helmhaus gallery along the river and see Marc Chagall stained-glass windows in the Fraumünster church. Follow the Limmatquai riverside promenade and stroll along the main shopping strip, the Bahnhofstrasse. Try the Lake Promenade for views of Lake Zurich. Dress warm for freezing winters and expect pleasant, warm summer days.

The Northern Switzerland region stretches along the Rhine River from Lake Constance to Basel and mainly consists of the greater Zurich Area and the greater Basel Area. At the lake southeastern end is the enchanting village of Rapperswil-Jona. Admire the majestic architecture of the Rapperswil Castle and visit the Rapperswil-Jona Municipal Museum. Northeast of Zurich is the multicultural former industrial town of Winterthur. Visit some of its many museums and galleries, such as the Winterthur Museum of Photography and the Winterthur Natural History Museum. Continue north to the town of Schaffhausen, where you will find the Rhine Falls. The cascades are 490 feet (150 meters) wide and 75 feet (23 meters) high as its shown in the Map of Northern Switzerland. Visit Northern Switzerland to find some of Europe most cultured and historic towns.

Drive west from Zurich for about 1 hour to reach Basel, known for its many galleries and museums. It has a wonderful Old Town, with highlights such as the Basel Cathedral and its plaza, Münsterplatz. The city has an exciting atmosphere and great food. Try local cheese-and-onion tarts and gingerbread biscuits. Hike through the picturesque terrain of Arlesheim to see churches and castles. The region makes up the northern part of this relatively small Western European country. It shares borders with Germany, France, Liechtenstein and Austria as its mentioned in the Map of Northern Switzerland. Fly to international airports in Bern or Zurich and travel around the country via excellent rail links. Winterthur has blossomed from a former industrial town to a lively venue for all ethnic groups and types of culture. Winterthur is an important museum town - it has 17 in all - and also offers a wide range of culture, sports and entertainment. Amongst the numerous night clubs and bars you will also find the only bar in Switzerland that opens 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Rhine Falls, the biggest waterfall in Europe, is just a 20 minute drive from Winterthur.

Map of Southern Switzerland

Map of Southern Switzerland shows the South part of the country Switzerland. Southern Switzerland map will allow you to easily explore areas of the South of Switzerland in Western Europe. The map of Southern Switzerland is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

Southern Switzerland is a largely rocky area with snowy Alpine mountains and quaint villages in the valleys. The primary languages and cultural influences vary across the region, with pockets of German, French and Italian communities and traditions. Make your way across the country for a sense of its unique range of cultures in Western Europe. Travel to the slopes of the many exclusive ski resorts in the Alps. Visit the valley city of Pontresina and ride aerial lifts to Diavolezza/Lagalb Ski Resort or a funicular to St. Moritz Ski Resort as you can see in the Map of Southern Switzerland. Explore the Jungfrau protected area and ascend to the Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory. Head west to the charming village of Zermatt, gaze up at the iconic Matterhorn and hike on the 10-day Matterhorn circuit through Italy and Switzerland. Go to the country Western French-speaking Alpine region and the famous ski resort of Verbier. Travel north to nearby Les Diablerets and Glacier 3000 ski region, which has a bobsled rail track, a bridge connecting two peaks and dogsledding.

Note that the ski season runs from around November until May, depending on the resort and its snow-creating facilities. Otherwise, the temperature varies dramatically according to altitude, with most places receiving natural snow in winter. Among the region largest cities is the scenic lakeside community of Lugano. Enjoy its pleasant micro-climate, with palm trees and charming boulevards beside Lake Lugano. Appreciate the city Italian influences with trips to the Cantonal Art Museum, the Casa Camuzzi and the Palazzo dei Congressi as its shown in the Map of Southern Switzerland. Visit the San Lorenzo Cathedral and note its intricate rose window and impressive interior. The region comprises the southern half of Switzerland, which is mostly rocky. It borders France and Italy. Fly to the international airports of Lugano, Zurich or Geneva and get around by rail. Visit the northern half of the country for Zurich and Bern and go to the western section for Geneva. Southern Switzerland is an intersection of Western European cultures spread across the picturesque peaks of the Alps.

From the modern architecture of Zürich to the palm trees of Lugano, the immense beauty and amazing variations of the Swiss landscape come to life on this adventure. Five cities, each with its own scenic delights and cultural contributions are highlighted, as are three of the country scenic rail lines. The journey commences in Zürich before moving to St. Moritz by train as its mentioned in the Map of Southern Switzerland. From here, the Glacier Express takes you through the valleys and peaks of the Swiss Alps to Zermatt. Another scenic railway, the Centovalli Railway, presents the beauty of Italy northern tip as you travel through the "Hundred Valleys" region to the Italian-speaking city of Lugano in Mediterranean Switzerland. Enjoy the ever-changing scenes of the Swiss landscape one last time as you travel between Lugano and Lucerne aboard the Gotthard Panorama Express. In each city, spend your time sightseeing at leisure - exploring the attractions that most interest you with your Swiss Flex Travel Pass in hand. Southern Switzerland delights await.