(WIPO code: CH) (last revised September 2021)

by KATZAROV S.A., Patent & Trademark Attorneys, European Patent Attorneys, Geneva, Switzerland

General Information

Area

41,285 sq. km; agricultural land 35.9%, forests 31.3%, built-up area 7.5%, lakes and rivers and other unproductive areas 25.3%.

Population

8,453,550 (estimated July 2021).

Capital

Bern.

Official languages

German (spoken by about 63.4% of the population), French (22.9%), Italian (8.4%) and Romansch (0.6%).

Currency

Swiss franc (CHF).

Administration

The Swiss Confederation comprises 26 republics (cantons) with partial independence, each having its own parliament, government and courts. The Federal Parliament and government are located in the capital Bern; the Federal Supreme Court is in Lausanne.

Imports

182 billion CHF (2020).

Exports

225 billion CHF (2020).