swissworld.org - Switzerland's official information portal

swissworld.org - Switzerland's official information portal

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Swiss Geography

The geography of Switzerland is notable for its great diversity. Switzerland’s three main geographical regions are the Jura, Plateau and the Alps.

The geography of Switzerland means that the climate varies greatly from one region to another. Depending on the area and the time of year, Switzerland experiences conditions reminiscent both of Siberia and of the Mediterranean.

Even the major towns of their own distinctive character.

Building land is in short supply, but planning regulations aim to preserve the appearance of towns and villages.