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Switzerland: Federal republic in Central Europe
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country situated in the confluence of Western, Central, and Southern Europe. It is a federal republic composed of 26 cantons, with federal authorities seated in Bern. Switzerland is a landlocked country bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. It is geographically divided among the Swiss Plateau, the Alps, and the Jura, spanning a total area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi), and land area of 39,997 km2 (15,443 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8.5 million is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are located, among them the two global cities and economic centres of Zürich and Geneva.

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Graffiti artist pays tribute to frontline workers [Video]

Graffiti artist pays tribute to frontline workers

David Perez alias "S.I.D." paid tribute on Sunday (April 5), to the "everyday superheroes" working on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic, by painting a giant portrait representing a cashier on..

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Coronavirus divides lovers, friends at Swiss-German border fences [Video]

Coronavirus divides lovers, friends at Swiss-German border fences

Constance, Germany, and Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, are divided cities these days, with a strip of grass and two fences separating them after the countries closed their borders to slow the spread of the..

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FIFA draws up guidelines to tackle pay-cut complaints [Video]

FIFA draws up guidelines to tackle pay-cut complaints

FIFA is preparing to deal with issues arising from complaints and appeals over wage cuts for players, according to an internal document seen by Reuters.

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Djokovic wins frying pan tennis rally [Video]

Djokovic wins frying pan tennis rally

Tennis world number one Novak Djokovicgets creative to pass the time and stay in shape during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Federer puts on a show in the snow [Video]

Federer puts on a show in the snow

Roger Federer delights fans by posting a video on Twitter showing him execute some trademark trick shots against a wall in the snow.

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Deaths In Switzerland Climbs To 235 [Video]

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Swiss chocolate Easter bunnies come with masks [Video]

Swiss chocolate Easter bunnies come with masks

The Easter holidays are likely to be somber this year, as millions of people are expected to stay in confinement, to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus and commute: social media users show their news way to work in quarantine

Social media users film their ‘morning commute’ while working from home amid coronavirus lockdown.

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Germany, Switzerland help France deal with COVID-19 patients [Video]

Germany, Switzerland help France deal with COVID-19 patients

At a time when so many borders in the EU have shut, it is a display of European solidarity.

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Federer To Donate One Million Francs To Vulnerable Families [Video]

Federer To Donate One Million Francs To Vulnerable Families

Tennis great Roger Federer and his wife Mirka are donating one million Swiss Francs to help families affected by the novel coronavirus in Switzerland. "We must help families in need quickly and..

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Spring Olympics in 2021 a real possibility [Video]

Spring Olympics in 2021 a real possibility

International Olympic Commitee President Thomas Bach has said the decision to postpone the Olympics was "very hard to take" and hasn't ruled out the new dates for the Tokyo games being in the spring of..

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YouTube to Reduce Video Quality Worldwide for a Month [Video]

YouTube to Reduce Video Quality Worldwide for a Month

Last week, the video streaming service downgraded to standard definition in the EU, the UK and Switzerland.

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Tokyo 2020 to be rescheduled to no later than summer 2021 [Video]

Tokyo 2020 to be rescheduled to no later than summer 2021

The IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee agree that the Olympic Games will be rescheduled no later than the summer of 2021.

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Olympics will be postponed- IOC member [Video]

Olympics will be postponed- IOC member

The International Olympic Committee has decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games because of the coronavirus pandemic, IOC member Dick Pound said on Monday. This report produced by Jillian..

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FIFA teams up with WHO to support fight against pandemic [Video]

FIFA teams up with WHO to support fight against pandemic

FIFA President Gianni Infantino launches the "pass the message to kick out coronavirus" video campaign.

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Coronavirus forces postponement of Baku F1 race [Video]

Coronavirus forces postponement of Baku F1 race

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix becomes the eighth race of the Formula One season to fall victim to the coronavirus.

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Freestyle skier invents indoor parkour course during coronavirus outbreak [Video]

Freestyle skier invents indoor parkour course during coronavirus outbreak

Andri Ragettli, freestyle skier, gets creative in Switzerland as he parkours at home during the coronavirus pandemic. It was his mum's idea and he says it shows if you get creative, you can still have..

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Swiss Coronavirus Rises 25% To 6,100, Deaths At 56 [Video]

Swiss Coronavirus Rises 25% To 6,100, Deaths At 56

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland on Saturday reported 6,100 coronavirus infections, some 25% more than a day earlier, and 56 deaths, the Swiss health ministry said, as hospitals in the canton of Ticino..

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Ice yachters brave the coronavirus and the icy Russian cold [Video]

Ice yachters brave the coronavirus and the icy Russian cold

Ice yachters brave frigid Siberian temperatures as most of the sports world remains paralysed by the coronavirus.

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Ice yachters brave the coronavirus and the icy Russian cold. [Video]

Ice yachters brave the coronavirus and the icy Russian cold.

SHOWS: IRKUTSK REGION, RUSSIA (MARCH 19, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. ICE YACHTING RACERS RUNNING AND JUMPING ON ICE YACHTS TO START THE RACE 2. VARIOUS OF RACE IN PROGRESS 3. LAKE BAIKAL VIEW 4.

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UK faces 'major problem' with medical equipment shortages [Video]

UK faces 'major problem' with medical equipment shortages

Britain faces a "major problem" with a shortage of ventilators that will be needed to treat critically ill patients suffering from coronavirus, after it failed to invest enough in intensive care..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:16Published
Euro 2020 postponement receives 100% backing by nations - UEFA [Video]

Euro 2020 postponement receives 100% backing by nations - UEFA

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin confirms that Euro 2020 will be postponed for one year.

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Euro 2020 postponed over coronavirus - UEFA [Video]

Euro 2020 postponed over coronavirus - UEFA

Ceferin confirms that Euro 2020 will be postponed

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:07Published
Switzerland Bans All Events As Virus Spreads [Video]

Switzerland Bans All Events As Virus Spreads

Switzerland on Monday banned all public and private events in an attempt to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The country mobilized up to 8,000 members of the military after declaring COVID-19..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

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