Switzerland is a landlocked country in central Europe sharing borders with France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. Swiss citizens enjoy a high standard of living with a 2009 per capita gross domestic product of $41,600 (18th highest in the world) and low unemployment of 3.7 percent. Literacy is nearly universal for both men and women, and life expectancy is the 10th highest in the world at 78.03 years for men and 83.83 years for women. The country is multicultural, with four national languages, and the population is primarily German (65 percent), with the largest minorities French (18 percent) and Italian (10 percent). The population is mostly Roman Catholic (41.8 percent), Protestant (35.3 percent), and Muslim (4.3 percent).

Women in Switzerland only received the right to vote in ...

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