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Switzerland: Country in Western Europe
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a landlocked 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 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). Although 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. These cities are home to several offices of international organisations such as the headquarters of FIFA, the UN's second-largest Office, and the main building of the Bank for International Settlements. The main international airports of Switzerland are also located in these cities.

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Kremlin spokesman speaks on state of US-Russia relations [Video]

Kremlin spokesman speaks on state of US-Russia relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin is going to Geneva, Switzerland, not merely to appear on the same platform as President Joe Biden, but because “the poor state of relations” between both countries..

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 02:34Published
Gareth Bale not looking too far ahead as Wales prepare for Euro 2020 opener [Video]

Gareth Bale not looking too far ahead as Wales prepare for Euro 2020 opener

Wales captain Gareth Bale insists his side are under no pressure at Euro 2020 to emulate their success at the tournament five years ago.Wales start their campaign against Switzerland in Baku on..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:09Published
Putin sends message ahead of Biden meeting [Video]

Putin sends message ahead of Biden meeting

CNN’s Matthew Chance details actions taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of his anticipated meeting with President Joe Biden in Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 02:23Published
Biden heads to UK as part of his first official trip abroad [Video]

Biden heads to UK as part of his first official trip abroad

The US president's 10-day trip to Europe will take in NATO and G7 summits and talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Switzerland.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:13Published
Countdown to Euro 2020: 2 days to go [Video]

Countdown to Euro 2020: 2 days to go

With two days until the start of the delayed European Championship, we take a look at 2008 hosts Switzerland.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:52Published
The $450M painting that continues to stir scandal [Video]

The $450M painting that continues to stir scandal

The “Salvator Mundi” – the world’s most expensive painting – is also the subject of a $1B battle between a Russian oligarch and a Swiss art dealer, which is set to heat up again.

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 04:06Published
Europe's week: EU-Swiss deal collapses and Belarus plane drama [Video]

Europe's week: EU-Swiss deal collapses and Belarus plane drama

These were two of the stories dominating talk in Brussels this week.

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Switzerland pulls out of negotiations to redefine relationship with EU over free movement directive [Video]

Switzerland pulls out of negotiations to redefine relationship with EU over free movement directive

The Swiss Federal Council concluded on Wednesday that there remain "substantial differences between Switzerland and the EU on key aspects of the agreement", such as wage protection and state aid, and..

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What's the future of EU-Swiss relations now talks have collapsed? [Video]

What's the future of EU-Swiss relations now talks have collapsed?

Euronews looks into the past, present and future of Switzerland's cooperation with the EU after Swiss leaders rejected signing a long-delayed framework agreement with Brussels on Wednesday.

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Eurovision 2021: Italy's Maneskin wins after massive public vote, as rock music shows it mettle [Video]

Eurovision 2021: Italy's Maneskin wins after massive public vote, as rock music shows it mettle

After an exciting night, Italy won out over France and Switzerland, with their infectious brand of stonking rock

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Cows burps are being used to offset carbon emissions [Video]

Cows burps are being used to offset carbon emissions

British-Swiss company Mootral says its garlic-based feed supplement helps to reduce a cow’s methane emissions by an average of 30%. Now, its converting those savings into carbon credits.

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Health workers in Switzerland are using videogames to beat COVID-19 [Video]

Health workers in Switzerland are using videogames to beat COVID-19

Researchers at Geneva University Hospitals have developed a game to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among health workers.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:09Published
Switzerland, India part of solution against COVID war: Swiss Envoy [Video]

Switzerland, India part of solution against COVID war: Swiss Envoy

Speaking on COVID situation in India, Dr. Ralf Heckner, Ambassador of Switzerland to India on May 07 said, "Fact that Switzerland relief package arrived today and tomorrow we will have the first of..

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Switzerland wants vaccines for poorer countries: Swiss Envoy on US supporting IP waiver [Video]

Switzerland wants vaccines for poorer countries: Swiss Envoy on US supporting IP waiver

Speaking on United States of America (USA) supporting intellectual property rights (IPR) waiver for COVID vaccines, Dr. Ralf Heckner, Ambassador of Switzerland to India on May 07 said Swiss authorities..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:02Published
Switzerland, Netherlands send oxygen concentrators, other medical supplies to India [Video]

Switzerland, Netherlands send oxygen concentrators, other medical supplies to India

Switzerland sent medical supplies, including oxygen concentrators and respirators to India. A cargo aircraft carrying over 13 tonnes of medical supplies left Zurich for New Delhi. The supplies worth..

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COVID aid from Switzerland arrives in India [Video]

COVID aid from Switzerland arrives in India

A flight carrying medical supplies from Switzerland arrived in India on May 07. The shipment included 600 oxygen concentrators, 50 ventilators, and other medical supplies. Switzerland is among several..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:11Published
In Switzerland, the winter man explodes announcing summer [Video]

In Switzerland, the winter man explodes announcing summer

The traditional winter man known as the "Böögg" is set on fire in the heart of the Swiss mountains, near the St Gotthard Pass

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:00Published
Belgium, Switzerland start cautious reopening as infections drop [Video]

Belgium, Switzerland start cautious reopening as infections drop

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World Rowing Cup: Great Britain win gold in men's four at World Rowing Cup

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Giro d'Italia 2021: Egan Bernal extends lead as Mauro Schmid wins stage 11

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It was another up and down day for Scotland at the World Women's Curling Championship, losing to Switzerland and beating Estonia.
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Cross World Championships 2021: Alex Fiva wins ski cross gold as GB's Davies misses out on medal

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