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    Switzerland Geography - 1991

      Total area: 41,290 km2
      land area: 39,770 km2

      Comparative area: slightly more than twice the size of New Jersey

      Land boundaries: 1,852 km total; Austria 164 km, France 573 km, Italy 740 km, Liechtenstein 41 km, Germany 334 km

      Coastline: none--landlocked

      Maritime claims: none--landlocked

      Climate: temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers

      Terrain: mostly mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) with a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes

      Natural resources: hydropower potential, timber, salt

      Land use: arable land 10%; permanent crops 1%; meadows and pastures 40%; forest and woodland 26%; other 23%; includes irrigated 1%

      Environment: dominated by Alps

      Note: landlocked; crossroads of northern and southern Europe

      NOTE: The information regarding Switzerland on this page is re-published from the 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Switzerland Geography 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Switzerland Geography 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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