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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.
Thalwil is a village in the Horgen district, near Zurich, Switzerland. It has a population of about 16000 as of 2003 and is located on the Zimmerberg ridge between the western shore of Lake Zurich and the Sihl River. Thalwil borders on the communes of Ruschlikon, Langnau am Albis, Oberrieden, Horgen and Erlenbach. The oldest recorded name Talwile is derived from Tellewilare, Tello's Farm and indicates the early medieval origins of Thalwil as an Alemannic farmstead. Thalwil also boasts the oldest wood corporation in the Canton of Zurich, the Bannegg-Waldung. It was first mentioned in 1483, when Muri Abbey granted it to the twelve beneficiaries of the Abbey farms in Thalwil. Today the corporation is owned by 16 members as well as by the Thalwil Gemeinde.
The main source of Thalwil's current prosperity lies in the large number of commuters who live here but work in the economic centers of Greater Zurich. Today Thalwil has mostly left its farming and industrial past behind and become a prime location for commuter living with its excellent transportation links, low tax rate and high quality of life. Thalwil is located along the A3 motorway from Zurich to Chur as well as on the main railway lines from Zurich to Chur, Lucerne and Italy. In the summer there are regular boats to Zurich as well as along the lake to Rapperswil. Inside Thalwil an excellent bus service is provided by the Zimmerbergbus.
Thalwil 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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