, officially the Swiss Confederation (Latin: Confoederatio Helvetica, hence its abbreviation CH), is a country in Europe. While still named the "Swiss Confederation" for historical reasons, modern Switzerland is a federal directorial republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities, called Bundesstadt ("federal city"). The country is situated in Western and Central Europe, and is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning an area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8 million people is concentrated mostly on the Plateau, where the largest cities are to be found: among them are the two global and economic centres, Zürich and Geneva.

The establishment of the Swiss Confederation is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291, which is celebrated annually as the Swiss National Day. The country has a long history of armed neutrality—it has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815—and did not join the United Nations until 2002. Nevertheless, it pursues an active foreign policy and is frequently involved in peace-building processes around the world. In addition to being the birthplace of the Red Cross, Switzerland is home to numerous international organizations, including the second largest UN office. On the European level, it is a founding member of the European Free Trade Association, but notably it is not part of the European Union, nor the European Economic Area. However the country does participate in the Schengen Area and the EU's single market through a number of bilateral treaties.

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Polls close after Switzerland votes on face veils

The National 07 Mar 2021
Polls closed in Switzerland on Sunday after a divisive vote on banning full facial coverings in public spaces ... in Switzerland ... A 2019 Federal Statistical Office survey found that 5.5 per cent of Switzerland's population was Muslim, mostly people with roots in the former Yugoslavia.
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Polls close after Switzerland votes on full facial coverings

The National 07 Mar 2021
Polls closed in Switzerland on Sunday after a divisive vote on banning full facial coverings in public spaces ... in Switzerland ... A 2019 Federal Statistical Office survey found that 5.5 per cent of Switzerland's population was Muslim, mostly people with roots in the former Yugoslavia.
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Switzerland vote heading for ban on face veils

The National 07 Mar 2021
A far-right proposal to ban full facial coverings in Switzerland was heading towards a narrow victory in a referendum on Sunday ... A 2019 Federal Statistical Office survey found that 5.5 per cent of Switzerland's population was Muslim, mostly people with roots in the former Yugoslavia.
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Swiss voters narrowly back Muslim 'burqa ban'

The New Arab 07 Mar 2021
The so-called anti-burqa vote comes after years of debate in Switzerland following similar bans in other European countries ... Official results showed that 51.21 percent of voters, and a majority of federal Switzerland's cantons, supported the proposal ... Within Europe, Switzerland's ...
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Swiss voters narrowly back 'burqa ban'

Gulf News 07 Mar 2021
Official results showed that 51.21 percent of voters, and a majority of federal Switzerland's cantons, supported the proposal ... Very few women wear the full veil in Switzerland, she stressed, and those that do tend to be converts and tourists. A 2019 Federal Statistical Office ...
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Swiss vote on 'burqa ban'

The Jakarta Post 07 Mar 2021
Switzerland votes Sunday on whether to ban full facial coverings in public places, despite women in Islamic full-face veils being an exceptionally rare sight in Swiss streets ... She told AFP that the proposed law created the impression of a problem, but "there are only 30 women in burqas in Switzerland".
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Switzerland on course to pass Muslim ‘burqa ban’

Webdunia 07 Mar 2021
Switzerland was on course to ban “full facial coverings” in public places on Sunday ... Switzerland operates a system of direct democracy that has allowed the vote to go ahead ... Jean-Luc Addor from the party said that “fortunately” there are not many burqa-wearing women in Switzerland.
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Swiss on course to pass Muslim 'burqa ban'

The New Arab 07 Mar 2021
Switzerland was voting on Sunday on whether to ban full facial coverings in public places, despite women in Islamic full-face veils being an exceptionally rare sight in Swiss streets ... She told AFP that the proposed law created the impression of a problem, but "there are only 30 women in burqas in Switzerland".
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Zurich Police Use Tear Gas to Disperse Feminist Rally for Violating COVID Restrictions

Urdu Point 06 Mar 2021
The law enforcement officers warned people ahead of a planned protest that mass events are banned in Switzerland amid the COVID-19 pandemic ... According to the police, one of the protesters bit a police officer.
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WHO insiders blow the whistle on total immunity of Bill Gates through GAVI

Tap News 05 Mar 2021
Switzerland is the center, and I speak as a Norwegian, it’s the center of a lot of corruption because we have one of the most important NGOs ... He has total immunity in Switzerland ... What I found out with Swiss Medic, the FDA of Switzerland, the Swiss Medic signed a contract with Bill Gates and the WHO.
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US official says reports on punitive measures against Riad Salameh 'untrue'

The National 05 Mar 2021
The Lebanese financial chief has been in office since 1993 and is embroiled in a scandal of alleged money laundering and embezzlement, and is currently under investigation by Switzerland.
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Lebanon’s central bank chief says he’s suing Bloomberg for report claiming US mulling sanctions on ...

Russia Today 05 Mar 2021
Also on rt.com Investigation to be launched into Lebanese currency crash that saw pound dive against US dollar – president ... Switzerland’s attorney general’s office reportedly asked the Lebanese government for help in January in investigating an unidentified individual over alleged money laundering and embezzlement.
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How Digital Banking Could Transform the Egypt You Know

Egyptian Streets 05 Mar 2021
Headquartered in Switzerland with offices in over 20 countries, BPC was founded in 1996 and has pioneered financial technology and digital banking solutions in over 90 countries ... BPC MENA’s Chief Operating Officer Usama El Sayed.
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