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How big is Switzerland?

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Switzerland is 41,285 square kilometers, or 15,940 square miles. It is the 135th largest country in the world, with only 3.1 percent of that area being occupied by water.

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How big is Switzerland?
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Switzerland is a relatively small country compared to the rest of Western Europe, though it is roughly average when compared to other parts of Europe. Whether Switzerland is to be considered Western of Central Europe has been subject to debate throughout history, though its size has remained a constant since the country's restoration in 1813. Notably, the geography of Switzerland is divided into the three main regions: the Jura, Plateau and Alps.

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    What are some fun facts about Switzerland?

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    Switzerland is a land-locked country located in western Europe. It shares borders with five countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy and the tiny kingdom of Lichtenstein. With a highly diverse population, Switzerland boasts four official national languages: French, Italian, Romansch and a Swiss dialect of German, which is spoken by around two-thirds of the country's population.

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    When does it snow in Switzerland?

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    Switzerland receives snow most often from November until March, with peak snowfall occurring during January. Snowfall can reach heights of several feet or more in the Alps.

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    What continent is Switzerland in?

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    Switzerland is located in central Europe. This landlocked country is bordered by Germany and France to the north, Liechtenstein and Austria to the east, Italy to the south and France to the west and southwest. Slightly larger than New Jersey, Switzerland covers an area of 15,942 square miles.

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