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Country (long form) Swiss Confederation
Capital Bern
Total Area 15,942.16 sq mi
41,290.00 sq km
(slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey)
Population 7,283,274 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 6,549,633
Languages German (official) 63.7%, French (official) 19.2%, Italian (official) 7.6%, Romansch 0.6%, other 8.9%
Literacy 99% total, N/A% male, N/A% female (1980 est.)
Religions Roman Catholic 46.1%, Protestant 40%, other 5%, none 8.9% (1990)
Life Expectancy 76.85 male, 82.76 female (2001 est.)
Government Type federal republic
Currency 1 Swiss franc, franken, or franco (SFR) = 100 centimes, rappen, or centesimi
GDP (per capita) $28,600 (2000 est.)
Industry machinery, chemicals, watches, textiles, precision instruments
Agriculture grains, fruits, vegetables; meat, eggs
Arable Land 10%
Natural Resources hydropower potential, timber, salt


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