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Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein are the host countries of the IPhO 2016, the University Zurich will welcome the up to 90 IPhO delegations.
Switzerland and of Liechtenstein together form a common economic and currency area with open borders. The two countries are closely connected. Their relations are traditionally very friendly. All sorts of useful and general travel information from climate conditions to currency or customs entry regulations can be found on the corresponding sites of the Switzerland Tourism and Liechtenstein Tourism websites, and in our menu Good to Know.
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Visa / Entry
Citizens of the EU / EFTA only need to bring a valid passport and do not need a visa for stays shorter than 3 months.
For all other areas and for current visa-information, please contact the Swiss Consulate General located nearest to you.
List of Representations of Switzerland
Switzerland - small country, big diversity
220 km (137 miles) from north to south, 348 km (216 miles) from east to west, and tremendous cultural and scenic diversity in between: 8 million people live in an area of just 41,285 square kilometers (16,000 square miles), speaking four official languages (German, French, Italian, Rhaeto-Romanic) plus countless dialects. Zürich and Geneva are well known, the Federal City and hence de facto capital is Bern.
Switzerland is home to more than 120 glaciers, a variety of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 48 mountains above 4,000 meters (13,100 feet). The Dufourspitze in Valais is the highest, at 4,634m (15,203 feet), while Lake Maggiore is the lowest point in the country, at 193m (633 feet) above sea level.
Liechtenstein – Princely Moments in the heart of Europe
With a total surface area of 160 km², the Principality of Liechtenstein is the sixth-smallest country in the world and has a population of approximately 37,000 people. The head of state is the Reigning Prince. However, the state power is shared between the Prince and the people. The Principality has a stable and highly diversified economy with over 4,000 businesses and almost as many jobs as inhabitants.
Liechtenstein is home to an exceptionally diverse range of attractions. Indeed, even the famous National Geographic Traveler Magazine has discovered Liechtenstein and selected it as one of the must-visit destinations worldwide.
Principality of Liechtenstein
Zurich – World class, Swiss made
Zurich is a vibrant hub of culture and business. Over the centuries, the region has developed from a small Roman customs post into a world-renowned tourist destination.
In past years, Zürich has repeatedly been chosen as the city with the highest quality of life in the world. With its culture, nature and urban-style living, it’s a small paradise in the middle of Europe.
Numerous international corporations have chosen to locate in the Zürich area due to the many advantages as a business location. With almost 3.7 million inhabitants almost half the Swiss population live in the Zurich metropolis. With 1.5 million jobholders, and 140,000 companies the Zurich area is the economic center of Switzerla