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Switzerland: Federal republic in Central Europe
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country situated at the confluence of Western, Central, and Southern Europe. It is a federal republic composed of 26 cantons, with federal authorities based in Bern. Switzerland is a landlocked country bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. It is geographically divided among the Swiss Plateau, the Alps, and the Jura, spanning a total area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi), and land area of 39,997 km2 (15,443 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8.5 million is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities and economic centres are located, among them Zürich, Geneva and Basel, where multiple international organisations are domiciled and where the main international airports of Switzerland are.

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How low-burping cows could put a dent on emissions [Video]

How low-burping cows could put a dent on emissions

A Swiss-engineered cattle-feed additive being tested out in the United States could be one promising step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. Gavino Garay reports.

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Europe's 5G dilemma: technical revolution or threat to citizens' health? [Video]

Europe's 5G dilemma: technical revolution or threat to citizens' health?

In this edition of Unreported Europe, Euronews is in Switzerland to find out why many fear the rollout of 5G - and how it is dividing the scientific community.View on euronews

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Unreported Europe: 5G fears and unanswered questions [Video]

Unreported Europe: 5G fears and unanswered questions

In this edition of Unreported Europe, Euronews is in Switzerland to find out why many fear the rollout of 5G - and how it is dividing the scientific community.

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Teacher dresses head-to-toe in pink and decorates home to match [Video]

Teacher dresses head-to-toe in pink and decorates home to match

A teacher is so obsessed with pink that she has decorated her entire house inthe pretty hue and worn it head-to-toe every day for more than a decade.Yasmin Charlotte, 32, has loved blush and bubblegum..

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New Study Offers Hope For Adult Dyslexics [Video]

New Study Offers Hope For Adult Dyslexics

Researchers from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, have made a surprising, even shocking, breakthrough in treating adult dyslexics. Dyslexia is commonly known as a reading disorder. Affecting up..

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Air bridges: Czech Republic and Switzerland join England's quarantine list [Video]

Air bridges: Czech Republic and Switzerland join England's quarantine list

A list of countries and territories in Europe from which people don't need toquarantine on arrival in England, after Czech Republic and Switzerland wereadded from the list.

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World's first parachute jump from solar-powered plane [Video]

World's first parachute jump from solar-powered plane

A parachutist completed the world's first jump from a solar-powered aircraft on Tuesday after the plane soared to a height of nearly 5,000 ft over western Switzerland, Swiss organizers said.

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Windsurfers tackle competition in St Moritz [Video]

Windsurfers tackle competition in St Moritz

Some of the world's best windsurfers are in Switzerland this week for the Engadinwind 2020 on Lake Silvaplana in St Moritz.

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Double Dutch success for windsurfers in St Moritz [Video]

Double Dutch success for windsurfers in St Moritz

The world's best windsurfers descend on Switzerland’s Lake Silvaplana for Engadinwind 2020.

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Air Taxi Company Complete First Phase of VTOL Flight Testing [Video]

Air Taxi Company Complete First Phase of VTOL Flight Testing

While many ‘AIR TAXI’ companies have just renderings to show for their ideas a Swiss company have announced completion of the first phase off VTOL Tech demonstrator flight testing. Dufour Aerospace..

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FIFA damage 'irreversible' over investigation into its president Gianni Infantino [Video]

FIFA damage 'irreversible' over investigation into its president Gianni Infantino

The world football governing body's image has been further tarnished by a Swiss criminal investigation into the conduct of its president Gianni Infantino.View on euronews

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Criminal proceedings against Infantino grotesque and absurd, says FIFA [Video]

Criminal proceedings against Infantino grotesque and absurd, says FIFA

FIFA says there are no grounds for the Swiss authorities to open criminal proceedings against its president Gianni Infantino.

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino subject of criminal proceedings [Video]

FIFA president Gianni Infantino subject of criminal proceedings

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is the subject of criminal proceedings overmeetings he held with the Swiss attorney general. A special federal publicprosecutor, Stefan Keller, was appointed last month..

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Swiss Bank Sells Half It's Gold As Precious Metal Prices Reach All-Time High [Video]

Swiss Bank Sells Half It's Gold As Precious Metal Prices Reach All-Time High

Business Insider reports that Swiss private bank Lombard Odier sold half its gold position. The move comes despite its surge to record levels. The bank's chief economist Samy Chaar said: "We see a bit..

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Seven people killed in plane crashes in Germany and Switzerland [Video]

Seven people killed in plane crashes in Germany and Switzerland

A microlight plane crashed into a building in the German town of Wesel, while another deadly incident involved a small aircraft in the Swiss Alps. View on euronews

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