Balance of Powers

Switzerland

What is the size of the countries area?

The country has an area of 41,277 sq km. Switzerland is one of the smaller European countries with massive mountains contributing to its size. Even though it is one of the smaller nations that doesn't mean it gets over looked. Many tourists come and visit for many reasons from all four corners of the world.

What is the population of the country?

The total population of Switzerland as of 2014 is 8,061,516. Switzerland consists of 65% German, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, and other 6% ethnicity. Switzerland has four official languages which are German, French, Italian, and a much smaller portion speak Romansch. In Switzerland many of them speak Swiss German but are required to learn German as well.

How well educated and united is the population?

Switzerland performs very well in overall well-being, as shown by the fact that it ranks among the top countries in a large number of topics in the Better Life Index.

Money, while it cannot buy happiness, is an important means to achieving higher living standards. In Switzerland, the average household net-adjusted disposable income is 30 060 USD a year. In terms of employment, 79% of people aged 15 to 64 in Switzerland have a paid job. Some 85% of men are in paid work, compared with 73% of women. People in Switzerland work 1 632 hours a year, only 6% of employees work very long hours. In Switzerland having a good education and working together as a nation has benefited them in many ways. Having a good education is an important requisite for finding a job. In Switzerland, 86% of adults aged 25-64 have earned the equivalent of a high-school degree, higher than the OECD average of 74%. Switzerland is nonetheless a top-performing country in terms of the quality of its educational system. The average student scored 517 in reading literacy, maths and science in the OECD’s for (PISA). On average in Switzerland, girls outperformed boys by 4 points. Switzerland's people have a great education and are united as a nation.

How well armed and equipped are its armed forces?

Swiss Armed Forces: Land Forces, Swiss Air Force (Schweizer Luftwaffe). 19-26 years of age for male compulsory military service; 18 years of age for voluntary male and female military service; every Swiss male has to serve at least 260 days in the armed forces; conscripts receive 18 weeks of mandatory training, followed by seven 3-week intermittent recalls for training during the next 10 years. Knowing that every males must serve at least 260 days helps know that there nation will be protected with people who know what they are doing, and know how they must react if something was to happen.

What are the countries physical features?

Switzerland consists of mostly mountains with a central plateau of rolling

hills and large lakes. With Switzerland being in between mountains and rolling hills that give the nation lots of protection from other nations. Since they don't have flat land the hills and mountains protect the country from harsh weather. The mountains (Alps) are a boarder between Switzerland and Italy. Switzerlamds geography allows for many tourists coming to visit.

How productive is the countries economy?

Switzerland is a peaceful, prosperous, and modern market economy with low unemployment. In the 1970s, Switzerland enjoyed 60 percent higher labor productivity compared to other nations. However, on a per capita basis, economic growth in Switzerland has been lower than the OECD countries for more than 30 years. Switzerland has only seemingly overcome the weak growth of the 1990s. Between 2000 and 2013, gross domestic product (GDP) grew on average by 1.9 percent a year, a rate considerably stronger than that of the EU (1.4 percent). However, when economic growth is measured against population growth, Switzerland is found to lag behind.