Religion Past and Present

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I. General

Switzerland (Swiss Confederation, Confoederatio Helvetica) came into being in 1848 when a league of states joined together to form a federal state with a federalist constitution based on direct democracy. It has an area of 41,282 km2 and includes the central Jura Mountains, a midland between Lake Geneva and Lake Constance, and the Alps. Its four national languages – German, French, Italian, and Romanish – are spoken i…

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Dellsperger, Rudolf, “Switzerland”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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