Continent- Europe

Region – Western-Central Europe

Size – 41,285 km2

Geography – Consist of mountains, lakes

Language- German, French, Italian, Romansh

Religion- Christianity 75%, Islam 4.95%, Hinduism 0.38%, Buddhism 0.29%, Judaism 0.25%, others 0.11%, 21.4% do not follow any religion

Monetary Unit- Swiss franc (CHF)

Natural Resources- Small deposits of iron and manganese, lime, salt, sand, gravel, clay, marble

Agriculture- Wheat, barley, sugar beets, potatoes, apples, grapes

Industry- Machinery, chemicals, textiles, precision instruments, watches, tourism, banking, insurance

Neighboring Countries – Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein

Population – 8,341,000 (2014 estimate)

Population Growth Rate- 1%

Average Life Expectancy – 82.70 years

Capital City – Bern (population 126,598)

Highest Mountain – Monte Rosa (Highest peak: Dufourspitze 4634 m)

Yearly Rainfall – 1537 mm (average)

Plant Life – Scrub, pines, chestnut trees  Vine, apricots, tomatoes, oak, beech, maple, spruce, pine  fir, mosses, lichen

Animal Life– Deer, stag, fox, marten, beaver, Chamois, marmot, ibex

Bird Life – 397 species including chaffinchs, black redstarts, blackbirds, blackcaps, great and blue tits, robins, wrens, sparrows, crows, pigeons, seagulls,  mallards, woodpeckers, swans, starlings, coots, swallows, nutcrackers, choughs, buzzards, kites.

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