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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.
Olten is a town in the Canton of Solothurn, Switzerland. Olten is within 30 minutes of Zurich, Bern, Basel and Lucerne by public transport and is a rail hub of Switzerland. Although there are numerous archaeological evidences of early habitation, Olten is first documented in 1201. It became important in the 13th century because of its bridge over the Aar River. This geographical fact has determined much of its history. The population of the town as of December 2003 was 16,665. The total area of the town is 11.50 square kilometers.
Every year on 1st of August a large firework show occurs in the town from boats floating down the river. The town is also home to one of two wooden foot bridges in Switzerland. The Olten Group was a group of writers that were angry with the regular Swiss writer's club and left it because they found it unprogressive.
Olten 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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