Alps, middle of Europe, watches, chocolate, banks, skiing, cows, Swiss Army pocket knife, Red Cross, yodelling, neutrality. Switzerland is all that and more.
There are high-tech precision industries and rustic farmers churning their own buttermilk. It is a landlocked country with high mountains which wins the America´s Cup in high-sea sailing. It has 7 million inhabitants, 4 official languages, 22 cantonal governments and is usually top in international tables listing earning power or standard of living.
Switzerland is clean, peaceful, orderly. Trains run on time, schools provide quality education, natives are reticent but friendly. Life is not cheap here − but it is pretty good.