Switzerland, a landlocked country in the Alps, has a population of over 8 million people.
The official languages are German, French, Italian, and Romansh. German is the one primarily spoken, although French and Italian are spoken by many on the borders of the respective countries. It is usually fairly easy to find someone who speaks English in the larger cities.
Switzerland is a directorial federal parliamentary republic. There are three main governing bodies: the bicameral parliament (legislative), the Federal Council (executive) and the Federal Court (judicial).
Switzerland has no official state religion, though most of the cantons recognize and publicly finance official churches, which are either the Catholic Church or the (Protestant) Swiss Reformed Church. Islam and Eastern Orthodoxy are the most prevalent minority religions.
The currency is the Swiss franc.