Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a landlocked nation of 7.5 million people in Western Europe with an area of 41,285 km². Switzerland is divided administratively into 26 cantons, six of which are sometimes referred to as "half-cantons," since they stemmed from the split of three cantons and have as a consequence only a single representative in the Council of States. Its capital is Berne, while the largest city in Switzerland is Zürich (which was named the city with the best quality of life in the world in 2006 and 2007.)
Switzerland is bordered by Germany, France, Italy, Austria and the tiny principality of Liechtenstein. Switzerland is multilingual, with four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. Switzerland has had a long history of being neutral during war and peace-time (it has not been in a foreign war since 1815) and as such hosts various international organisations, such as the United Nations, which, though headquartered in New York City, has many departments in Switzerland.
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