Switzerland lies at the heart of Europe. It has three distinct geographical regions: the Alps, the Central Plateau and the Jura. The extraordinary variety of landscapes and habitats in Switzerland makes the country a highly attractive place to live in and do business. Switzerland is also home to 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Switzerland's topography and wide-ranging elevations make it a country of microclimates. It is also species-rich, with around 50,000 different types of plant, fungi and animals.
Mountains cover two thirds of the country and have greatly shaped Switzerland's identity. Many species have adapted to the inhospitable mountain environment. They include 600 flowering plants that can only be found in the Alps.