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Alps Countries 2024

Switzerland

Switzerland is a landlocked country in Central Europe that is known for its stunning Alpine scenery and its neutral stance in international politics. The Swiss Alps make up a significant portion of the country's landscape and are a popular destination for skiing and hiking. Switzerland has a long history of neutrality and has not been involved in a major war since 1815. It is a federal parliamentary republic with 26 cantons, each of which has its own government and laws. The official language is German, but French, Italian, and Romansh are also spoken in different parts of the country.

Switzerland is also known for its high standard of living and its strong economy. The country has a highly developed banking and finance sector, and it is home to many international organizations, such as the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross. While its neutrality has been openly criticized for hundreds of years, it does so to become a safe haven for many political parties to speak their mind, free of any judgment. Switzerland's Geneva convention was said to only have been debated and created due to it being a natural choice for mediation.

France

France is a country in Western Europe that is known for its rich culture and history. It is the largest country in the European Union and has a population of over 67 million people. The French Alps are a significant part of the country's landscape and are a popular destination for skiing and other winter sports. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with a strong central government. It is home to many famous museums, such as the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay,

There are few that have not heard of this country, as it is a bastion for both fashion and cuisine. France is home to many tourists, some of whom have settled down here permanently or even to open successful businesses. Due to its mixed economy and unique position in the European Union, French leaders are often consulted on an international basis prior to making decisions.

Austria

Austria is another landlocked country in Central Europe that is known for its beautiful mountain scenery and its rich cultural heritage. The Austrian Alps make up a significant portion of the country's landscape and are a popular destination for skiing and hiking - which are an attractive way for tourists to contribute to the Austrian economy.

Austria is a federal parliamentary republic with a strong central government. The official language is German, but many Austrians have also taken to learning English and other dominant European or western languages, such as French and Spanish. The country has a long history of classical music and is home to many famous composers, such as Mozart and Strauss. Austria has a strong economy and is a member of the European Union.

It is known for its high standard of living and its low unemployment rate. The country is also a major tourist destination, with millions of visitors each year. It is home to many famous landmarks, such as the Hofburg Palace and the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna.

- Perhaps surprisingly, different sources have differing lists of which countries the Alps touch (and the resultant surface area and population). The Alps flow directly into other mountain ranges in multiple places, making the borders of the Alps ambiguous in many locations.
- The total geographic area covered by the Alpine Convention amounts to 190,700 km² and has a population of approximately 14.2 million people.

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Country
World Atlas
Britannica
Alpine Convention
Population
Surface Area
Germany10.45.8%
France18.821.4%
Italy30.627.3%
Austria23.328.7%
Switzerland13.613.2%
Serbia
Croatia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Albania
Slovenia2.73.5%
Montenegro
Liechtenstein0.30.1%
Monaco0.3
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