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Switzerland - One of my favorite European countries!

Switzerland is also known as the Swiss Confederation and can be found over in Europe. The countries of Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein border Switzerland, which makes it a popular destination for those people who want to travel to multiple countries at once.

Most of the people in the country live in the larger cities, but some of them do prefer the quiet that the mountaintops of the Swiss Alps provide. The highest peak is Monte Rosa at 15,203 feet, but Matterhorn is the most popular one at 14,692 feet. In addition to the mountains, the country also has more than fifteen hundred lakes. The largest of all the lakes is Lake Geneva, which the country shares with France.

The weather in this country varies according to the region and some areas are warmer than others. In the southern part of the country, there is even an area where cold-hearty palm trees can be found.

The environment in this country is quite fragile, due to the number of visitors, and people must be careful to not destroy anything that lives in nature. Some of the plants that are found high up in the mountains cannot be found anywhere else in the country and care needs to be taken to ensure that they continue to thrive in their natural setting.

Here are some unique and interesting facts about the country of Switzerland:

· This country is one of two that has a square flag. The other country is Vatican City

· There are enough shelters for everyone in the country if a nuclear attack should occur

· Many famous inventions were created in the country including Velcro, cellophane, the Swiss army knife, and the potato peeler

· Locals can only own social pets if they have two of the same animal – so 2 guinea pigs, 2 fish, 2 canaries, etc…

· There are more than two hundred mountains that are higher than 3,000 meters

· Albert Einstein discovered his E=MC squared while living and studying in the country

· It is illegal to do laundry or any other types of chores on a Sunday.

· It is also illegal to make noise after ten in the evening, including flushing a toilet, emptying a bathtub, or slamming a car door

· Daniel Peter and Henri Nestle invented milk chocolate in 1875

· A Swiss Yodeling Festival is held every three years

· One of the world’s first convenience foods was created in this area back in 1886 by Julius Maggi and Carl Knorr. It was cup of soup made from bouillon cubes

The Swiss Alps are what draw many people to this country, yet there is so much more to see and do. While visitors are exploring, they should make sure that they take the time to see the beauty that this country is famous for.

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