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  Switzerland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Switzerland is a federation of relatively autonomous cantons, some of which have a history of confederacy that goes back more than 700 years, arguably putting them among the world's oldest surviving republics.
Switzerland is not a member state of the EU but applied for membership therein in May 1992.
Switzerland comprises three basic topographical areas: the Swiss Alps, the Swiss plateau, and the Jura mountains.The Alps are a high mountain range running across the central-south of the country.
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 Switzerland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
As a consequence of the civil war, Switzerland adopted a federal constitution in 1848, amending it extensively in 1874 and establishing federal responsibility for defense, trade, and legal matters.
Switzerland is a prosperous and stable modern market economy with a per capita GDP higher than that of the big western European economies.
Switzerland remains a safe haven for investors, because it has maintained a degree of bank secrecy (see Swiss bank account) and has kept up the franc's long-term external value.
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 Switzerland. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Switzerland consists of 26 federated states, of which 20 are called cantons and 6 are called half cantons.
Switzerland was an island of prosperity when, in 1648, at the end of the war, its formal independence was recognized in the Peace of Westphalia.
Switzerland was a member of the League of Nations, and although it has long participated in many activities of the United Nations, it did not become a UN member until 2002 for fear that its neutrality would be compromised.
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 Switzerland - Biocrawler definition:Switzerland - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Switzerland voted against membership in the European Economic Area in December 1992 and has since maintained and developed its relationships with the European Union and European countries via bilateral agreements.
Switzerland has four official languages: German (64%; yellow) in the north and centre, French (19%; purple) to the west, Italian (8%; green) in the south, and finally Romansh, a Romance language spoken by a small minority (<1%; red) in the southeastern canton of Graubünden and parts of Ticino.
The German spoken in Switzerland is predominantly a group of dialects that are almost unintelligible to Germans and are collectively known as Swiss German, but newspapers and some broadcasts use High German, which is also the predominant language in the German part for any written communication.
www.biocrawler.com /biowiki/Switzerland   (2355 words)

 Switzerland's Government and Politics
Switzerland has a long republican tradition, its modern democratic constitution dates back to 1848 only, however and was put into effect after a short civil war in 1847 leaving a conservative minority in a position of losers for decades.
Only in 1971, women got the right to vote on national level and the last canton was forced by the federal court to introduce it on cantonal and communal level as late as 1990 (referring to a 1981 amendment of the federal constitution that explicitly grants equal rights to men and women).
Switzerland does not have a full-time president; the representational functions of a president are taken over by one (or all) of the government members.
all-about-switzerland.info /swiss-government-politics.html   (1517 words)

 Switzerland - Exportinfo.org Country Report
Switzerland is a small, diversified market with multilingual nationals, situated in the middle of the European industry.
Switzerland is dependent on export markets to generate income and dependent on imports for raw materials to expand domestic goods and services.
Switzerland's attractiveness as a base for internationally oriented companies is enhanced by a 5 percent tax cut on dividends paid to capital corporations with capital holdings of at least 20 percent.
www.exportinfo.org /region/countries/switzerland.htm   (615 words)

 Switzerland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Switzerland was not involved militarily in either world war.
Switzerland is not yet a member state of the EU, but has been (together with Liechtenstein) surrounded by EU territory since the joining of Austria in 1995.
Switzerland voted against membership in the European Economic Area in December 1992 and has since maintained and developed its relationships with other European countries via bilateral agreements.
www.yotor.com /wiki/en/sw/Switzerland.htm   (1655 words)

 Articles - Politics of Switzerland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In the elections of 2003 the People's Party (formerly the smallest of the 4 parties represented in the Federal Council) gained a plurality of seats in the National Council and received (effective January 1, 2004) a second seat in the Federal Council, reducing the share of the Christian Democratic party to 1 seat.
In the 2005 survey, Switzerland ranks 7th (out of 158 surveyed), with 9.1 out of 10 possible points, representing an improvement of 0.4 points over the past four years.
Together with seven other European nations, Switzerland leads the 2005 index on Freedom of the Press published by Reporters Without Borders (with a score 0.5 points, zero being the perfect score).
www.wathcesa.com /articles/Politics_of_Switzerland   (788 words)

 Politics of Switzerland
Switzerland is a federal republic, and perhaps the closest state in the world to a direct democracy.
The last elections to the National Council were held in 2003, see elections of 2003 for more details.
In recent years, Switzerland has seen a gradual shift in the party landscape.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/p/po/politics_of_switzerland.html   (719 words)

 Why Switzerland?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Switzerland turns out to have a number of unique characteristics that aren't obvious to the outsider.
Again, Switzerland is unique in its treatment of dialects, which have very different social implications and practices in the French, German, Italian, and Romansh areas.
After all, Switzerland was at the heart of the reformation, with Zwingli in Züri and Calvin in Geneva.
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 MSN Encarta - Further Reading - Switzerland
Startling revelations of how Switzerland was not as neutral during World War II as previously believed.
Examines Switzerland's institutions of federalism and consensus democracy.
Examination of Switzerland's history, politics, and culture in relation to the rest of the world.
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 Christian Democratic People's Party of Switzerland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Christian Democratic People's Party of Switzerland (Also called Christan-Democratic Party, German: Christlich Demokratische Volkspartei (CVP), French: Parti Démocrate-Chrétien Suisse (PDC), Italian: Partito Popolare Democratico Svizzero (PPD), Romansh: Partida Cristiandemocratica Svizra (PCD)) is a political party in Switzerland and a member of the Swiss coalition government.
After the World Wars, denominational distinctions dwindled in importance, and the CVP began to be eclipsed in popularity by the Social Democrats on the Left and the Swiss People's Party on the Right.
However, as Swiss politics grow, in the opinion of many observers, ever more polarised, the CVP is struggling to define what exactly it stands for.
www.bonneylake.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Christian_Democratic_People's_Party_of_Switzerland   (386 words)

 Politics of Switzerland -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
(A landlocked federal republic in central Europe) Switzerland is a (Click link for more info and facts about federal republic) federal republic, and perhaps the closest state in the world to a (Click link for more info and facts about direct democracy) direct democracy.
For any change in the constitution, a (A legislative act is referred for final approval to a popular vote by the electorate) referendum is mandatory; for any change in a law, a referendum can be requested.
Changes in the council occur in practice only, if one of the members resigned--this member was then replaced by someone from the same party (and preferably also the same language group and sex).
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/p/po/politics_of_switzerland.htm   (715 words)

 PO604 The Politics and Government of Switzerland - Department of Politics & International Relations - University of ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This is a recommended option for European Studies students, particularly for those spending their year abroad in Switzerland, and a specialist option for Politics and International Relations students.
Switzerland is a fascinating political system with a unique form of democracy and a special place in the world.
It also pays particular attention to those aspects of the Swiss political system which are often held as models for the rest of the world, such as direct democracy, a highly decentralised federalism and a very inclusive language regime, and discuss to what extent they can be exported.
www.kent.ac.uk /politics/prospectiveug/ugmodules/po604.html   (354 words)

 Switzerland : CH
Switzerland : CH The Swiss Confederation is a small landlocked federal state in central Europe, with neighbours Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein.
Switzerland has four official languages: German (64%) in the north and centre, French (19%) to the west, Italian (8%) in the south, and finally Romansh, a Romance language spoken by a small minority (<1%) in the southeastern canton Grisons.
Switzerland in Sight (http://www.switzerland-in-sight.ch/) presentation of the country
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 Government of Switzerland
Switzerland would be granted a militarily neutral status but with a strong army.
The politics of the period was also complicated by the Roman
The President of the country is chosen by rotation each year from these seven.
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Switzerland, in central Europe, is the land of the Alps.
Most of Switzerland is composed of a mountainous plateau bordered by the great bulk of the Alps on the south and by the Jura Mountains on the northwest.
National unity and political conservatism grew as the country prospered from its neutrality.
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0108012.html   (882 words)

 Japan Policy & Politics: Japan, Switzerland share concerns over India-Pakistan row   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The two foreign ministers agreed to reinforce bilateral cooperation, particularly in light of Switzerland's plan to join the United Nations this autumn, in various fields such as human security as well as science and technology.
She also explained Japan is trying to hold dialogue with North Korea with the aim of normalizing diplomatic relations but that the Japanese public sentiment toward Pyongyang is rather negative due to the issue of the alleged abduction of Japanese nationals to North Korea and the reclusive country's suspected missile development program.
Switzerland, which has had diplomatic ties with North Korea since 1974, is concentrating on assisting the food-short country from a humanitarian standpoint, Deiss was quoted by the officials as telling Kawaguchi.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0XPQ/is_2002_June_10/ai_87057029   (543 words)

 Current developments of local parties and local politics in Switzerland. A nationwide replication study.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The project is basically a replication of a study carried through in 1989 including all communal party sections in Switzerland.
By confroting the results with those obtained in 1989, a multitude of political trends in Swiss politics canbe identified from a hithertoo neglected "bottom-up" perspective: trends in political ideologies and specific issue positions as well as developments on the level of party adherents and activists or in the sphere of party financing and intraparty organization.
In particular, the changing position and activity of parties within the web of communal political processes, shifting the recruitment patterns for political offices and the vertical integration of local groupings into higher-level party organizations will be focuses of investigation.
www.research-projects.unizh.ch /phil/unit62500/area22/p2605.htm   (606 words)

 Politics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Switzerland is not a member of EU and NATO.
Switzerland and the Second World War: A Clarification
A better way to vote: Why letting the people themselves take the decisions is the logical next step for the West.
www.stacher.ch /swissopinion/Politics.html   (38 words)

 West European Politics: Introduction: Switzerland - Key Institutions and Behavioural Outcomes.@ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Switzerland, a labyrinth of political institutions, is an interesting laboratory for institutional research.
There are so many political institutions in use that each one is enough for a book.
Equally interesting are Swiss corporatism, the Central Bank and the Federal Supreme Court as well as the electoral system, which has both proportional and majoritarian techniques.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:76781588&refid=holomed_1   (185 words)

Switzerland is bordered by France to the west, Germany to the north, Austria to the east and Italy to the south.
Saturday closing is at 1100 except in major cities.
Press: The high level of interest in local politics throughout Switzerland has led to a large number of regional newspapers.
www.gkindia.com /Flags/Switzerland.htm   (229 words)

 swisspolitics.org | Swiss news, Switzerland, Politics
Both the Christian Democrats and the Radicals have come out in favour of higher excess payments for patients and limiting the free choice of doctors.
Criminal investigations are also underway in Switzerland into several people suspected of illegal dealings in connection with the programme.
Luzius Wasescha said the G10 group of countries, of which Switzerland is a member, was ready to walk away from the negotiating table if the situation failed to improve.
www.swisspolitics.org /en/news/index.php?page=schweiz   (216 words)

Atlas: Switzerland - Facts on Switzerland: flags, maps, geography, history, statistics, disasters current events, and international relations.
Switzerland: Bibliography - Bibliography See E. Bonjour et al., Short History of Switzerland (2d ed.
Location: Switzerland; Expat entrepreneurs and foreign firms seeking headquarters often discover that Switzerland offers more than they bargained for: low taxes, a highly educated workforce and an unbeatable infrastructure.
www.infoplease.com /ce6/world/A0847441.html   (258 words)

 The Politics of Pension Reform - Cambridge University Press   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It compares and assesses the process of pension policy-making in the UK, France and Switzerland, examining the factors that influence pension reform, and the relative impact upon the decision-making process of political parties and interest groups.
This analysis of pension reform will be of interest to policymakers as well as students of the politics of the welfare state.
Understanding the politics of pension reform: a theoretical framework; 3.
www.cup.cam.ac.uk /catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521776066   (251 words)

 West European Politics: Institutions and Outcomes of Swiss Federalism: The Role of the Cantons in Swiss ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
West European Politics: Institutions and Outcomes of Swiss Federalism: The Role of the Cantons in Swiss Politics.(Switzerland)@ HighBeam Research
Together with the United States and Canada, Switzerland is one of the three classical federations in the world.
When founding the federation in 1848, the 25 cantons kept their own statehood, their own constitutions and most of their political autonomy.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:76781593&refid=holomed_1   (187 words)

 IngentaConnect Whither the Liberal Democratic Model? Immigration Politics in Swi...
A comparison of Japan’s and Switzerland’s immigration policies disclaims both globalist and public choice explanations that would predict a similar increase in immigrant numbers and an expansion of immigrant rights in liberal democracies.
Although both countries have traditionally espoused a rather exclusionary approach towards immigration, Japan is unique in having hitherto succeeded in preempting large numbers of immigrants from entering the country and in having avoided the legal and societal integration of those migrants already present in its territory.
In seeking to explain the different trajectories followed by immigration politics in Japan and Switzerland, despite their similar internal and external economic constellations, this article highlights the role of domestic institutions and norms in filtering economic pressure for immigration.
www.ingentaconnect.com /content/spsa/spsr/2004/00000010/00000003/art00008   (272 words)

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