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Country Profile: Switzerland

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Factfile

Capital

Bern

Largest city

Zurich

Other cities and towns

Geneva, Lausanne, Basel

Official languages

German, French, Italian, Romansh

Area

41, 284 sq km

Population

7, 700, 600 (2008 est.)

Currency

Swiss franc

 

Languages

The linguistic geography of Switzerland is in three parts, with the Swiss German region in the northeast, the Swiss French part in the west and the Swiss Italian area to the south. There is also a small population of Romansh speakers. These four languages make up the official languages of Switzerland.

Economy

Switzerland has a stable and well developed capitalist economy, with a high GDP - it is ranked as the second most competitive economy in the world. Switzerland houses a number of large corporations, including Nestle, Credit Suisse, Zurich Financial Services and Adecco. Important industries in Switzerland are pharmaceuticals, musical instruments, real estate, tourism, chemicals and electronics. Unemployment in Switzerland is extremely low. Switzerland is a member of the OECD, and EFTA., but, controversially, has not joined the EU, despite bringing many of its economic policies in line with EU legislature. In late 2008, Switzerland joined the Schengen passport-free zone.

Energy

Switzerland's energy sources are mostly split between hydroelectricity and nuclear power, resulting in an almost completely CO2 free electricity network. There are plans in place for more nuclear power stations to be built in the country. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy is responsible for issues relating to energy production within the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication, and it supports the plans to cut the nation's energy use by a half by 2050. Switzerland is one of the top recycling countries in the world.

Science and Technology

Switzerland is a leading nation for scientific and technological research, and there have been several Nobel prizewinners born and bred in the country, most famously Albert Einstein, who developed his theory of relativity while working in Bern. The biggest university in Switzerland is the University of Zurich.

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Areas in which we provide translation services include:

·         Legal Translation                                        

·         Medical and Pharmaceutical Translation

·         Technical Translation for Industry

·         Engineering Translation (including Automotive)

·         Environment and Global Issues Translation

·         Business Translation

·         Financial Translation

·         Scientific Translation

·         News and Media Translation

·         Government Translation

 
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Areas in which we provide interpreting services include:

•    Legal  (including court, depositions, arbitrations, litigations)         

•    Medical (including Pharmaceutical & Medical Conferences)

•    Technical

•    Industry

•    Engineering (including Chemical, Marine, CivilMechanical, Electrical

•   Business   (including Business Conferences, discussions, meetings) 

•    Financial

•    Construction

For more information regarding these services, please visit our main Interpreting Services page. 

Some of the 180 languages for which we provide interpreters:

 

Arabic Interpreting Italian Interpreting
French Interpreting German Interpreting
Spanish Interpreting Korean Interpreting
Chinese Interpreting Japanese Interpreting

For other languages, please visit our Multiple Language Services Interpreting page.

Some of the 180 languages for which we provide interpreters:
 
Arabic Translation Italian Translation
Chinese Translation Japanese Translation
French Translation Korean Translation
German Translation Spanish Translation

For other languages, please visit our Multiple Language Services Translation page.

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