.ch is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Switzerland. It is administered by SWITCH Information Technology Services.
The ".ch" domain does not come from the name for Switzerland in any of its national languages; "die Schweiz", "Suisse", "Svizzera" or "Svizra". Rather, it comes from Confoederatio Helvetica (Helvetic (Swiss) Confederation), the Latin name for the country (all Swiss coins are also stamped with this name).
Registrations of internationalized domain names have been accepted since March 2004 (see details).
Background Information :
2008 estimate 7,676,500 (94th) - 2000 census 7,288,010 - Density 181.4/km2 (61st) 479.8/sq mi
(PPP) 2007 estimate - Total $301.181 billion (38th) - Per capita $41,264 (IMF) (6th)
Total 41,285 km2 (136th) 15,940 sq mi - Water (%) 4.2
International Dialling Code
Swiss franc (CHF)
Direct democracy Federal parliamentary republic - Federal Council M. Leuenberger P. Couchepin (Pres. 08) U.Maurer M. Calmy-Rey H.-R. Merz (VP 08) D. Leuthard E. Widmer-Schlumpf
German, French, Italian, Romansh
: Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno (Latin) "One for all, all for one"
CET (UTC+1) - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2) Switzerland (Pronounced: ; German: Schweiz, Swiss German: Schwyz or Schwiiz French: Suisse, Italian: Svizzera, Romansh: Svizra), officially the Swiss Confederation (Confoederatio Helvetica in Latin, hence its ISO country codes CH and CHE), is a landocked alpine country of roughly 7.6 million people in Western Europe with an area of 41,285 kmÃ. Switzerland is a federal republic consisting of 26 states called cantons. Berne is the seat of the federal authorities, while the country's economic centres are its three global cities, Geneva, Basel and especially ZÈrich. Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita gross domestic product. ZÈrich and Geneva have respectively been ranked as having the first and second highest quality of life in the world.
It is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland has a long history of neutrality it has not been at war since 1815 and hosts many international organizations, ncluding the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization and one of the U.N.'s two European offices.
However, it is not a member of the European Union. Switzerland is multilingual and has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. The country's formal name is Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft in German, ConfÈ¨dÈ¨ration suisse in French, Confederazione Svizzera in Italian and Confederaziun svizra in Romansh. The establishment of Switzerland is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291; the first of August is the national holiday.
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