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Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of
Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. The country is situated in Western-Central Europe, and is bordered by Italy
to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically
divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning an area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of
the territory, the Swiss population of approximately eight million people is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are to be
found: among them are the two global cities and economic
centres Zürich and Geneva.