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Weather Forecast & Reports for Cities of Switzerland

 Les Eplatures, Switzerland
 Geneve-Cointrin, Switzerland
 Lausanne, Switzerland
 Neuchatel, Switzerland
 Sion, Switzerland
 Payerne, Switzerland
 Lugano, Switzerland
 Bern / Belp, Switzerland
 Grenchen, Switzerland
 Zurich-Kloten, Switzerland
 Saint Gallen-Altenrhein, Switzerland

Location: Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy

Geographic coordinates: 47 00 N, 8 00 E

Map references: Europe

total: 41,290 sq km
land: 39,770 sq km
water: 1,520 sq km

Area - comparative: slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey

Land boundaries:
total: 1,852 km
border countries: Austria 164 km, France 573 km, Italy 740 km, Liechtenstein 41 km, Germany 334 km

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Maritime claims: none (landlocked)

Climate: temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers

Terrain: mostly mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) with a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Lake Maggiore 195 m
highest point: Dufourspitze 4,634 m

Natural resources: hydropower potential, timber, salt

Land use:
arable land: 10%
permanent crops: 2%
permanent pastures: 28%
forests and woodland: 32%
other: 28% (1993 est.)

Irrigated land: 250 sq km (1993 est.)

Natural hazards: avalanches, landslides, flash floods

Environment - current issues: air pollution from vehicle emissions and open-air burning; acid rain; water pollution from increased use of agricultural fertilizers; loss of biodiversity

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 85, Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Law of the Sea

Geography - note: landlocked; crossroads of northern and southern Europe; along with southeastern France and northern Italy, contains the highest elevations in Europe


Switzerland is bounded on the north by France and Germany, on the east by Austria and Liechtenstein, on the south by Italy,and on the west by France.

It is one of the most mountainous countries of Europe, with more than 70 percent of its area covered by the Alps, in the central and southern sections, and the Jura, in the northwest. The Swiss Alps are part of the largest mountain system in Europe and are famous for their jagged peaks and steep gorges.

There are several ranges within the Alps, including the Pennine range, which has Switzerland’s highest peak,4,634 meter. Dufourspitze of Monte Rosa. The Jura (Celtic for 145forest’) are much lower and smaller than the Alps and are popular for cross–country skiing. The renowned Swiss watchmaking industry began in the Jura Mountains.

Between these two mountain systems lies the Swiss plateau, an average of 400 meters ,above sea level and some 50 kilometers ; it extends from Lake Geneva (Lac Lιman) in the extreme southwest to the Lake of Constance (Bodensee) in the extreme northeast.

The plateau is thickly studded with hills. Between the ranges of the Alps and Jura also stretch long valleys connected by transverse gorges; one such valley is the Engadine along the Inn River in the southeast. Nearly every Swiss valley is traversed by streams, often interrupted by picturesque waterfalls, including the Staubbach Falls (about 290 meters / 950 feet) in the canton of Bern.

The principal river system is formed by the Rhine and its tributaries. Other important rivers are the Rhone, Ticino, and Inn. However, Swiss rivers are not navigable for any appreciable extent. Switzerland is famous for its many lakes, particularly those of the Alpine region, known for their scenic beauty.

The most important include Lake Geneva, Lake of Constance, Lake of Lugano, and Lake Maggiore (at which lies Switzerland’s lowest point, 194 meters / 636 feet above sea level), which are not wholly within Swiss borders; and Lake of Neuchβtel, Lake of Lucerne and Zόrichsee, Brienzersee, and Thunersee, which are entirely within Switzerland.


The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity. From July to August the daytime temperature range is 65-80F from January to February the range is 30-40F. Depending on the altitude the temperature range may vary.

Under normal cirumstances, summer in all parts of Swizerland should be sunny and warm but unfortunately we have no means of giving long term forecasts.

During spring, summer and autumn it is advisable to take good clothes, including a warm jacket and good walking shoes, as excursions are often to mountains which are snow-covered during summer. A warm jacket, good trousers and shoes are necessary in the winter months.


Switzerland's independence and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers and Switzerland did not participate in either World War I or II.

The political and economic integration of Europe since World War II may be rendering obsolete Switzerland's concern for neutrality.

Switzerland is a small European country known for its beautiful, snow-capped mountains and freedom-loving people. The Alps and the Jura Mountains cover more than half of Switzerland.

But most of the Swiss people live on a plateau that extends across the middle of the country between the two mountain ranges. In this region are most of Switzerland's industries and its richest farmlands. Switzerland's capital, Bern, and largest city, Zurich, are also there.

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