Switzerland is a Federal Republic. Each of its 22 cantons sends representatives to legislative bodies corresponding to the US Senate and House of Respresentatives. Switzerland, founded in 1291, is the oldest existing democracy. Its modern form dates back to 1848.
The official languages of Switzerland are German (Central and Eastern parts), french (in the West), Italian (in the South) and in the Grisons area Romansh is spoken by 1 % of the population. English is taught in schools, and widely spoken and understood. Predominant faiths are Catholic and Protestant.
Requirements for entry and customs regulations: A valid passport; no visa or vaccination certificates are needed for visitors from Europe and Western Hemisphere. There are no limits on Swiss products being taken out of the country except watches. You can have up to five sent to your home or 10 delivered to your aircraft without an export licence from the Swiss Horological Chamber.