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HDR Photography Switzerland!
Hello and welcome to our HDR Photography Switzerland section. Here you will find some awesome HDR photos from all around the great little country of Switzerland. You can also get some facts and figures about Switzerland that you might not have known.
I have been here about 6 years now and I still have a lot to see and photograph in Switzerland. Switzerland is a very small country, but there is so much amazing scenery packed into this tiny country. Of course you have the beautiful snowy and cold Swiss Alps, but you also have the warmer near Mediterranean climate in Switzerland's southern canton of Ticino.
If you get tired of all the hills and mountains you can go up north where you will find flatter terrain. To see all the stunning views that Switzerland is famous for, you can take a gondola or train up to just about every peak. Switzerland is surrounded by other countries, so it isn't bordering any large body of water, but there are so many lakes in Switzerland to satisfy your need for water.
Switzerland's location is also very appealing. You are a car ride or train ride away from Germany, Italy, France, Great Britain, Austria, Liechtenstein and many other cool countries. If you want to read more about Switzerland, we have a lot more info below, plus lot's of cool photos of Switzerland, so thanks for stopping by and we hope you enjoy yourself here.
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Switzerland Facts And Figures
Switzerland (German: die Schweiz, French: la Suisse, Italian: Svizzera, Romansh: Svizra, officially the Swiss Confederation (Confoederatio Helvetica in Latin, hence its ISO country codes CH and CHE) is a landlocked alpine country of roughly 7.7 million people (2009) in Western Europe with an area of 41,285 km. Switzerland is a federal republic consisting of 26 states, called cantons.
Bern is the seat of the federal authorities, while the country's economic centres are its three global cities, Geneva, Basel and especially Zurich. Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita gross domestic product, with a nominal per capita GDP of $67,384. Zurich and Geneva have respectively been ranked as having the second and third highest quality of life in the world.
Switzerland is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. The country has a long history of neutrality it has not been at war internationally since 1815 and hosts many international organizations, including the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization and one of the U.N.'s two European offices. It is not a member of the European Union, but it is part of the Schengen Agreement.
Switzerland is multilingual and has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. The country's formal name is Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft in German, Confederation suisse in French, Confederazione Svizzera in Italian and Confederaziun svizra in Romansh. The establishment of Switzerland is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291; Swiss National Day is celebrated on the anniversary.
Switzerland Geography And Climate
Extending across the north and south side of the Alps, Switzerland comprises a great diversity of landscapes and climates on a limited area of 41,285 square kilometres (15,940 sq mi). The population is about 7.6 million, resulting in an average population density of around 240 people per square kilometer (622/sq mi). However, the more mountainous southern half of the country is far more sparsely populated than this average, while the northern half and extreme south have a somewhat greater density, as they comprise more hospitable hilly terrain, partly forested and partly cleared, as well as several large lakes.
The Swiss Alps constitute an extreme environment. The Valais area contains most of the alpine summits above 4000 metres. Switzerland comprises three basic topographical areas: the Swiss Alps on the south, the Swiss plateau or "middleland", and the Jura mountains on the north. The Alps are a high mountain range running across the central-south of the country, comprising about 60% of the country's total area.
Among the high peaks of the Swiss Alps, the highest of which is the Dufourspitze at 4,634 metres (15,203 ft), countless valleys are found, many with waterfalls and glaciers. From these the headwaters of several major European rivers such as the Rhine, Rhone, Inn, Aare, and Ticino flow finally into the largest Swiss lakes such as Lake Geneva (Lac Leman), Lake Zurich, Lake Neuchatel, and Lake Constance.
The most famous mountain is the Matterhorn (4,478 m) in Valais and Pennine Alps bordering Italy. Even higher mountains are located in the area, the Dufourspitze (4,634 m), the Dom (4,545 m) and the Weisshorn (4,506 m). The section of the Bernese Alps above the deep glacial Lauterbrunnen valley containing 72 waterfalls is also well known for the Jungfrau (4,158 m) and Eiger, and the many picturesque valleys in the region. In the southeast the long Engadin Valley, encompassing the St. Moritz area in canton Graubunden, is also well known; the highest peak in the neighbouring Bernina Alps is Piz Bernina (4,049 m).
Switzerland Geography And Climate Continued...
Remote valley on the Aletsch Glacier. The Bernese Alps constitute the most glaciated area in western Eurasia. The more populous northern part of the country, comprising about 30% of the country's total area, is called the Middle Land. It has greater open and hilly landscapes, partly forested, partly open pastures, usually with grazing herds, or vegetables and fruit fields, but it is still hilly.
There are large lakes found here and the biggest Swiss cities are in this area of the country. The largest lake is Lake Geneva (also called Lac Leman in French), in the West of Switzerland. The Rhone River is the main tributary to Lake Geneva.
The Swiss climate is generally temperate, but can vary greatly between the localities, from glacial conditions on the mountaintops to the often pleasant near Mediterranean climate at Switzerland's southern tip. Summers tend to be warm and humid at times with periodic rainfall so they are ideal for pastures and grazing. The winters in the mountains alternate with sun and snow, while the lower lands tend to be more cloudy and foggy in winter.
A weather phenomenon known as the foehn can occur at all times of the year, even in winter, and is characterized by a wind with warm Mediterranean air crossing the Alps from Italy. The driest conditions persist in the southern valleys of the Valais above which valuable saffron is harvested and many wine grapes are grown, Graubunden also tends to be drier in climate and slightly colder, yet with plentiful snow in winter. The wettest conditions persist in the high Alps and in the Ticino canton which has much sun yet heavy bursts of rain from time to time.
The east tends to be colder than the west of Switzerland, yet anywhere up high in the mountains can experience a cold spell at any time of the year. Precipitation tends to be spread moderately throughout the year, with minor variations across the seasons depending on locale. Autumn frequently tends to be the driest season, yet the weather patterns in Switzerland can be highly variable from year to year, and difficult to predict.
Switzerland's eco-systems can be particularly vulnerable, because of the many delicate valleys separated by high mountains, often forming unique ecologies. The mountainous regions themselves are also vulnerable, with a rich range of plants not found at other altitudes, and experience some pressure from visitors and grazing. The tree line in the mountains of Switzerland has advanced down 1,000 ft (300 m) over the years, largely because of the increasing absence of herding and grazing pressures.
Switzerland Facts and Figures and Geography and Climate information from Wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland