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Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a landlocked Alpine country in Central Europe. It had been a federation, since 1848, 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. Switzerland comprises three basic topographical areas namely the Swiss Alps, the Swiss plateau, and the Jura Mountains. Switzerland has four official languages, German in the north and centre, French to the west, Italian in the south and Romansh in the southeast. Switzerland has a strong economy in finance and banking, and a long and strong tradition of political and military neutrality.
Neuchatel is a city in Switzerland which is the capital of the Canton of Neuchatel. Neuchatel is also the name of the adjacent lake, Lake Neuchatel. The city, by and large French-speaking, is sometimes referred to historically by the German name Neuenburg. As of 2003 it had a population of 31,571 living within an area of 18.05 square kilometers. It is situated at an altitude of 430 meters above sea level.
The city is located on the northwestern shore of the lake, a few kilometers east of Peseux and west of Saint-Blaise. Neuchatel is well known for its watchmaking and its variety of fondue, fondue Neuchateloise. Today's economic activities include tourism, a major tobacco manufacturer and several small high tech firms and vineyards. Neuchatel is home of a small but active University and of the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnologies, CSEM.
Neuchatel has several excellent museums, including the Latenium, an archeology museum focusing on the pre-historical times in the region of Neuchatel and Hauterive, the MEN, an ethnography museum, the museum of art and history, which includes the first robots with the Jaquet-Droz programmable androids, made between 1770 and 1774, and the Museum of Natural History.
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