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Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a landlocked Alpine country in Central Europe. The country, which borders Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east, was historically a confederation, and has been a federation since 1848. Switzerland is a federation of relatively autonomous cantons, some of which have a history of confederacy that goes back more than 700 years, arguably putting them among the world's oldest surviving republics. With an area of 41,285 square kilometers, Switzerland is a relatively small country. Switzerland comprises three basic topographical areas namely the Swiss Alps, the Swiss plateau, and the Jura Mountains. Switzerland has four official languages namely German, French, Italian and Romansh.
Gland is a commune in the district of Nyon in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. Even though French is the main language, there are over 80 nationalities living in this city with a population of 10,775 as of 2005. Since it is ideally located halfway between the cities of Geneva and Lausanne, many international companies and organizations are settled in the town such as the Sun Microsystems, the World Conservation Union, the Ramsar Convention and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
Gland is known to have been a prehistoric settlement. During the Roman period a farm called Villa Glanis was there in the town. Until the 1960s, Gland was merely a small farming village known for its vineyards and cattle. The opening of the highway linking Geneva with Lausanne brought many commuters to this quiet place. It is only since the mid 1980s that Gland has started to grow into a city with its own businesses and shopping centers.
Gland is also known as the town of best geographical environment and the exotic locations. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and can also enjoy its natural beauty concealed by the beautiful landscapes.

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