The home of Heidi and Roger Federer, Switzerland has for centuries carefully straddled apparent contradictions successfully. Its policy of armed neutrality means it hasn't been in a war in two centuries, yet is a heavyweight in international affairs, hosting the U.N.'s second-biggest office. It isn't a part of the European Union, but participates in the Schengen Area and the European Single Market. The country boasts most of the tallest mountains in the Alps and is an industrial giant, in sectors ranging from watches to heavy machinery, chocolates and financial services.
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