Switzerland (capital Bern) and neighboring states
Eveline Widmer Schlumpf, president since 2008
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World Factbook: "Switzerland is a peaceful, prosperous, and modern market economy with low unemployment, a highly skilled labor force, and a per capita GDP among the highest in the world. Switzerland's economy benefits from a highly developed service sector, led by financial services, and a manufacturing industry that specializes in high-technology, knowledge-based production. Its economic and political stability, transparent legal system, exceptional infrastructure, efficient capital markets, and low corporate tax rates also make Switzerland one of the world's most competitive economies."
As the World Factbook notes, Switzerland has" one of the world's most competitive economies," yet its revenue to GDP ratio is 72.9% compared to 15% for the US. How do you account for that?
Wikipedia: Swiss citizens are required to buy universal health insurance from private insurance companies, which in turn are required to accept every applicant.
Switzerland rates highest in European in the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom. The Swiss franc remains one of the world's strongest currencies with the lowest inflation rate.
Economic growth rate:
2011: 102.9%, slightly favorable balance
Military expeditures for 2005: 1% of GDP
German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, other 7%.
Catholic 46,1%, Protestant 40%, no religion 8.9%, other 5%.
Work force in agriculture
East of France. North of Italy. Mountainous. Landlocked. Equivalent to 203 by 203 kilometers or roughly 127 by 127 miles. Capital: Bern
Chief of state and head of government: Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf (president) since 1 January 2008.
A federal republic. Not a member of the European Union.
Wikipedia: "Swiss citizens are subject to three legal jurisdictions: the commune, canton and federal levels. The 1848 federal constitution defines a system of direct democracy (sometimes called half-direct or representative direct democracy since it is aided by the more commonplace institutions of a parliamentary democracy). The instruments of Swiss direct democracy at the federal level, known as civic rights (Volksrechte, droits civiques), include the right to submit a constitutional initiative and a referendum, both of which may overturn parliamentary decisions."
Switzerland has been listed in the top ten.
According to an October 8, 2007 article by Molly Moore in today's Washington Post, Switzerland is second in Europe in the percentage of foreign born: one in five. And the hostility towards foreigners, especially Muslims, has become intense.
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