Switzerland, as one of the smallest countries in Europe, shares borders with Germany to the north, France to the west, Austria and Lichtenstein to the east and Italy to the south.
Switzerland is not a member of the European Union but is a member of the European Free Trade Association. Only as recently as 2002, Switzerland joined the United Nations' General Assembly. The Swiss economy is based principally upon services and the stalwart banking sector.
Switzerland is considered one of the biggest manufacturers of luxury watches in the world. The Swiss kanton of Geneva is the center of Swiss watch production and is responsible for more than 60% of Switzerland's exports. The watch industry is the third-largest export industry in Switzerland.
The Swiss are well known for their neutralist foreign policies and conservative image, and the country prides itself on its strong tradition of international cooperation.
Switzerland at a Glance
Airports: EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg ; Geneva International Airport; Zurich Airport
Cities (Major): Basel; Berne; Geneva; Zurich
Courier Companies: Brinks; Malca-Amit
Currency: Swiss Franc
Diamond and Jewelry Trade Shows: BaselWorld Exposition; Salon International de la Haute Horologerie Exhibition
Electrical Current: 230V/50Hz
Internet Domain Ending: ch
Languages: German, French, Italian, Rumantsch
Time Zone: Greenwich +1
Telephone Code: +41 (Basel: +61; Berne: +31; Geneva: +22; Zurich: +43/44)
Public Holidays: New Year’s Day; St. Berchtold; Epiphany; Republic Day; St Joseph's Day; Good Friday; Easter Monday; Labor Day; Ascension; Whit Monday; Corpus Christi; St Peter & St Paul; Swiss National Day; Assumption; Federal Fast holiday; All Saints Day; Immaculate Conception; Christmas Day; St Stephen's Day
Weather: Even though Switzerland is a small country, it enjoys a variety of weather conditions. The climate is affected by the cold north, the central continent to the east, the Mediterranean Sea in the south, and the Atlantic Ocean on the west. The weather is affected by the differences in these climates. Areas above 3,000 meters are extremely cold. The most comfortable weather is from June to September.
Economic Mission of Israel in Switzerland
Israel Embassy in Switzerland
Swiss Embassy in Israel
The Israel-Switzerland-Lichtenstein Chamber of Commerce