Switzerland, a wealthy Alpine state in Central Europe, was founded in 1291 and has four official languages. Its system of government is based on direct democracy and a tradition of political and military neutrality.
The country joined the United Nations in 2002. Geneva is the seat of the European headquarters of the UN and many other inter-governmental and international non-governmental organizations. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to Switzerland.
Switzerland's largest political party has been found guilty of violating anti-racism laws with a poster that targeted Kosovars. The SVP has criticized the court's decision, saying it undermines the freedom of expression.
According to research conducted in Switzerland, Sweden and Germany, spiders eat more meat each year than humans do, and they could easily eat the human race each year - more than once! Spiders are not only hungry, however; they are incredibly adaptable, arguably terrifying, and understudied. With that in mind, Spectrum is all about these amazing arachnids this week.