Switzerland Index 2006
Switzerland Main Index
Switzerland Introduction - 2006
SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. Switzerland's sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two World Wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations, but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.
NOTE: The information regarding Switzerland on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Switzerland Introduction 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Switzerland Introduction 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.