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People love Switzerland. Hollywood loves Switzerland, with movies ranging from James Bond to the Star Wars franchise (Star Wars Episode III: Return of the Sith) finding their inspiration in its dramatic landscape. The International Olympic Committee loves Switzerland, choosing to have St. Moritz host the Winter Olympics two times. Mark Twain felt so at peace in Switzerland that after the death of one of his daughters, he brought his family to the country for a ten-week respite. What draws people to this small nation surrounded by larger neighbors?

Some say it is the unique culture shaped by its four national languages, rich history and delicious food. Others say the dramatic views of the Swiss Alps, glaciers, and vast alpine meadows brings them there. Still others point to the flora and fauna that survive and thrive in the varied ecosystems of the country. There’s something for everyone, whether you like Roman history, geology or learning about environmental regulations that protect plants and animals.

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History of Switzerland

History of Switzerland

Learn about the history of Switzerland and how a desire to wage war transformed into a commitment to neutrality.
Environmental Protection

Environmental Protection

Read about environmental regulation in Switzerland and how this small European country has been a global force for change.
Languages

Languages

Switzerland is a multilingual wonderland! Journey to this European country and you may hear people conversing in Swiss German, Swiss French, Swiss Italian and Romansch.
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