Switzerland (German: die Schweiz, French: la Suisse, Italian: la Svizzera,
Romansh: la Svizra), officially the Swiss Confederation (ConfÅ“deratio
Helvetica in Latin, hence its ISO country codes CH and CHE), is a federal
republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal
authorities. The country is situated in Western Europe where it is bordered
by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria
and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country
geographically divided between the Alps, the Central Plateau and the Jura.
Its area is 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi).
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