Ah Switzerland ... Did you know?

The five largest Swiss cities and their populations are:

at the end of the year,
in thousands
1980 1990 1997 1998 Foreigners
in % 1998
Zurich 370.1 341.3 338.6 336.8 28.1
Basle 181.9 171.0 171.2 168.7 28.2
Geneva 156.6 167.2 172.6 172.8 43.7
Berne 146.8 134.6 124.4 123,3 21.1
Lausanne 126.3 123.2 114.0 114.2 34.1

The Swiss Federal Web site can be found at www.admin.ch where there is a lot of information in English, though it is not as complete as the German, French and Italian versions. For more complete statistical data than presented here, try the Statistical Administration site, and pay particular notice to the really reasonable average taxation rates toward the bottom of the report.

The best all around site for information on Switzerland that I have found is www.switzerland.isyours.com.

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