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    Switzerland Communications - 1989

      Railroads: 5,174 km total, of which 2,971 km are government owned (SBB), and 2,203 km are nongovernment owned; the SBB network consists of 2,897 km 1.435-meter standard gauge and 74 km 1.000-meter narrow gauge track; 1,432 km double track, 99% electrified; the nongovernment network consists of 710 km 1.435-meter standard gauge, 1,418 km 1.000-meter gauge, and 75 km 0.790-meter gauge track, 100% electrified

      Highways: 62,145 km total (all paved), of which 18,620 km are canton and 1,057 km are national highways (740 km autobahn); 42,468 km are communal roads

      Pipelines: 314 km crude oil; 1,506 km natural gas

      Inland waterways: 65 km; Rhine (Basel to Rheinfelden, Schaffhausen to Bodensee); 12 navigable lakes

      Ports: Basel (river port)

      Merchant marine: 23 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 257,043 GRT/438,796 DWT; includes 4 cargo, 2 roll-on/roll-off cargo, 4 chemical tanker, 3 specialized liquid cargo, 10 bulk

      Civil air: 89 major transport aircraft

      Airports: 72 total, 70 usable; 42 with permanent-surface runways; 2 with runways over 3,659 m; 6 with runways 2,440-3,659 m; 16 with runways 1,220-2,439 m

      Telecommunications: excellent domestic, international, and broadcast services; 5,808,000 telephones; stations--6 AM, 34 (400 relays) FM, 145 (1,240 relays) TV; 2 communications satellite ground stations operating in the INTELSAT and EUTELSAT systems

      NOTE: The information regarding Switzerland on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Switzerland Communications 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Switzerland Communications 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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