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Switzerland
Capital:
Bern
Population:
7,450,867 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
Switzerland's independence and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and Switzerland was not involved in either of the two World Wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations, but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.
Government type:
federal republic
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $239.3 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
2.556 million (2002)
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