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Switzerland - The Jura, the Plateau and the Alps form the three main geographic regions of the country.

The Jura

a limestone mountain range stretching from Lake Geneva to the Rhine, and extending into eastern France and southern Germany, makes up about 10 per cent of Switzerland’s surface area. Located on average 700 metres (2296 ft.)above sea level, it is a picturesque highland crossed by river valleys.

Numerous dinosaur footprints and fossils have been found in the Jura which gave its name to the Jurassic geological period. The rocks of the Jura were laid down between 208 and 144 million years ago. Jurassic rocks are found in many places in the world, but it was in the Jura that they were first studied, at the end of the 18th century.

The Alps

span some 200 kilometres (125 miles), at an average altitude of 1700 m (5576 ft), and cover nearly two thirds of Switzerland's total surface area. They provide a continental watershed, determining the climate and vegetation, But while they contribute enormously to the Swiss identity, economic activity is concentrated in the Plateau. The valleys of several major rivers - the Rhone, Upper Rhine, Reuss and Ticino - divide the mountain ranges. Only 11 per cent of the population lives in the mountain regions

The Plateau

Two thirds of the population live in the Plateau, between Lake Geneva and Lake Constance, in 30 percent of the country`s surface area


German is by far the most widely spoken language in Switzerland: 17 of the 26 cantons are monolingual in German. French is spoken in the western part of the country, the "Suisse Romande." Four cantons are French-speaking: Geneva, Jura, Neuchâtel and Vaud. Three cantons are bilingual: in Bern, Fribourg and Valais both French and German are spoken. Italian is spoken in Ticino and 4 southern valleys of Grisons.

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Cantons of Switzerland - Main town in RED

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Accommodation listed by Cantons of Switzerland
Accommodation in Luzern LU Luzern (Lucerne)- Luzern
Accommodation in Appenzell AI Appenzell Innerrhoden (Inner-Rhodes)- Appenzell
Accommodation in Altdorf
UR Uri - Altdorf
Accommodation in St. Gallen SG St. Gallen - St. Gallen
Accommodation in Schwyz
SZ Schwyz - Schwyz
Accommodation in Chur GR Graubunden (Grisons) - Chur
Accommodation in Lausanne VD Vaud - Lausanne
Accommodation in Fribourg FR Fribourg - Fribourg
Accommodation in Sion VS Valais - Sion
Accommodation in Solothurn
SO Solothurn - Solothurn
Accommodation in Neuchatel NE Neuchatel - Neuchatel
Accommodation in Basel
BS Basel-Stadt (Basle-Town) - Basel
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Map of Switzerland - accommodation
Cantons of Switzerland - Main town in RED
Accommodation in Obwalden Switzerland OW Obwalden - Sarnen
Accommodation in Aarau Switzerland AG Aargau (Argovia) - Aarau
Accommodation in Nidwalden Switzerland
NW Nidwalden - Stans
Accommodation in Frauenfeld Switzerland TG Thurgau (Thurgovia) - Frauenfeld
Accommodation in Glarus Switzerland
GL Glarus - Glarus
Accommodation in Bellinzona Switzerland TI Ticino - Bellinzona
Accommodation in Zug Switzerland ZG Zug - Zug
Accommodation in Geneva Switzerland GE Geneva - Geneva
Accommodation in Basle Switzerland
BL Basel-Land (Basle-Country)- Liestal
Accommodation in Schaffhausen Switzerland
SH Schaffhausen - Schaffhausen
Accommodation in Bern Switzerland
BE Bern (Berne) - Bern
Accommodation in Appenzell Switzerland AR Appenzell Ausserrhoden (Outer-Rhodes)- Herisau
Accommodation in Zurich Switzerland ZH Zurich - Zurich
Accommodation in Jura Switzerland JU Jura - Delemont

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