Switzerland

A federal republic in West Central Europe bordered by France on the west, Germany on the north, Austria and the principality of Liechtenstein on the east, and Italy on the south. It has a territory of 15,941 square miles (41,287 square kilometers) and a population (1994) of 7 million. There are four official languages: German, which is spoken by about 70 percent of the people; French, which is spoken by 20 percent; Italian, which is spoken by 10 percent, and Romansch, used by about 1 percent. Approximately 45 percent of the people are Protestant and 50 percent are Roman Catholic. There is absolute freedom of religion and, although the churches are supported by the state, no one is required to pay taxes appropriated for the support of a church to which that individual does not belong. The S...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.