Please see below for some of the key facts about Switzerland. More general information can be found here.

 Population: 8.1 million
Capital Bern (Population:  127,500)
Main cities Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland (Population:  380,800)
Geneva is the most international city in Switzerland (Population:  189.000)
Area 41,285 sq km (roughly the size of Wales)
Location In the heart of Europe, neighbouring countries are France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy
Languages German (64%)
French (19%)
Italian (7.5%)
Romansch (0.7%)
Most people speak and understand English
Airlines SWISS, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Ethihad, Emirates, Quantas, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, Air New Zealand
Travel time Approximately 21-24 hours flight from Australia & 27 hours from New Zealand
Currency Swiss Franc (CHF)
Government Parliamentary Federal State since 1848 direct democracy. The Swiss Confederation consists of 20 full cantons and 6 half cantons. Switzerland is not a member of the EU.
Highest mountain Dufourspitze, Valais (4,634 m above sea level)
Dom, Valais (4,545 m above sea level)
Weisshorn, Valais (4,506 m above sea level)
Matterhorn, Valais (4,478 m above sea level)
Lowest point Lago Maggiore, Ticino (193 m above sea level)
Largest lake in Switzerland Lac de Neuchâtel (218 km2)
Highest waterfall in Europe Mürrenbach Falls, Bernese Oberland (750 m)
Highest vineyard in Europe Visperterminen, Wallis (1,100 m above sea level)
Longest glacier in Europe Aletsch Glacier, Valais (24 km, 117 km²)
Number of lakes 6,750
Number of glaciers 112