Population: About 8 million

Major Religions: Christianity

Capital City: Bern

Largest City: Zurich

Legal System: Confederation

Time: GMT +1. (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October.)

Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin, rounded plugs are used.

Currency: Swiss franc (CHF), divided into 100 rappen (German), also known as centimes (French).

Main Languages: Switzerland has four official languages: Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansch

Emergency Numbers: 117 (police), 144 (ambulance), 118 (fire)

Internet TLD: .ch

Drives on the: Right

Tipping: Round up to about 5 percent in restaurants and taxis for good service, or 15 percent at hair salons.

International Dialing Code: +41 plus relevant city code.