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There are many countries that I would like to visit in this world, But the one that would be of most interest to me is Switzerland. I find Switzerland to be interesting because it is one of the most mountainous countries of Europe, with over 70 percent of the land covered by the Alps (Microsoft Encarta, paragraph 2). I also found the history to be very interesting dating back as far as the Pre-Roman times.

The landscape of Switzerland is breath taking from the beautiful mountains to the many lakes and valleys of this country. Hundreds of years of history makes Switzerland a very interesting country.

Switzerland dates back to Pre-Roman times. It has been conquered many times by different groups such as when Julius Ceasar conquered the country in the first century BC. Several other conquerors followed by the early 1500's. Switzerland introduced a neutrality policy in the mi 1500's.

This policy has made Switzerland a popular site for international conferences.

Switzerland is a republic government, made up of several political parties. The strongest of these political parties are the Radical democratic party, the Social democratic party, and the Christian democratic peoples party.

The currency of Switzerland is the franc. About 1.24 franc are equal to one U.S. dollar. The country is a major international financial center. International depositors favor Swiss banks because of the stability and secrecy of banking transactions. One of the countries main source of income ism private banking. The Zurich stalk exchange is said to be one of the most important in Europe. This city also is a major trade center for gold.

Switzerland has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Services account for fifty percent of employment. Manufacturing is about thirty percent with business and finance following with...