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Switzerland: Geography#

LocationCentral Europe, east of France, north of Italy
Geographic Coordinates47 00 N, 8 00 E 47.0,8.0
Area total: 41,277 sq km
land: 39,997 sq km
water: 1,280 sq km
[Verified in 8 databases]
Land boundariestotal: 1,852 km
border countries: Austria 164 km, France 573 km, Italy 740 km, Liechtenstein 41 km, Germany 334 km
Coastline0 km (landlocked)
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Lake Maggiore 195 m
highest point: Dufourspitze 4,634 m
Highest MountainsDue to difference in mountain rankings taken from two data sources we are listing here both lists :
According to Wolfram: Monte Rosa 4633 m; Nordend 4609 m; Zumsteinspitze 4563 m; Signalkuppe 4556 m; Dom 4545 m
According to Geonames: Dom 4545 m; Lyskamm Orientale 4527 m; Weisshorn 4506 m; Täschhorn 4491 m; The Matterhorn 4478 m

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Important Mountains
Terrainmostly mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) with a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes
Natural Hazardsavalanches, landslides; flash floods
Natural Resourcehydropower potential, timber, salt
Land Usearable land: 9.8%
permanent crops: 0.57%
other: 89.63% (2011)
Climatetemperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers
Irrigated Land550 sq km (2007)
Renewable Water Resources53.5 cu km (2011)
Environment_CurrentIssuesair pollution from vehicle emissions and open-air burning; acid rain; water pollution from increased use of agricultural fertilizers; loss of biodiversity
Environment - international agreementsparty to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Sulfur 85, Air Pollution-Sulfur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea
Large CitiesDue to difference in city rankings taken from two data sources we are listing here both lists :
According to Wolfram: Zurich; Geneva; Basel; Lausanne; Bern
According to Geonames: Zürich; Genève; Basel; Bern; Lausanne

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Important Cities
Geography-notelandlocked; crossroads of northern and southern Europe; along with southeastern France, northern Italy, and southwestern Austria, has the highest elevations in the Alps
Important Rivers
Important Lakes