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Switzerland's Information

Flag of Switzerland
Land Area 39,997 km2
Water Area 1,280 km2
Total Area 41,277km2 (#132)
Population 8,179,294 (#97)
Population Density 204.50/km2
Government Type Federal Republic (formally A Confederation)
GDP (PPP) $496.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $59,400
Currency Franc (CHF)
Largest Cities
People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.


  • Jakob Abbadie theologian, writer
  • Paul Accola alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Mia ( Myriam) Aegerter singer, actress
  • Jacques-Laurent Agasse painter
  • Alexander Emmanuel Rodolphe Agassiz scientist, engineer
  • Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz paleontologist, glaciologist, geologist
  • Gilberto Agustoni prelate, cardinal-deacon
  • Martin Eric Ain musician, songwriter
  • Daniel Albrecht alpine skier
  • Henri Frederic Amiel philosopher
  • Cuno Amiet painter, sculptor
  • Jakob Ammann Anabaptist leader
  • Othmar Hermann Ammann structural engineer
  • Simon Ammann ski jumper, Olympic medalist
  • Thomas E. Ammann art dealer
  • Jakob Amsler-Laffon mathematician, physicist, engineer
  • Ursula Andress actress
  • Albert Samuel Anker painter, illustrator
  • Ernest Alexandre Ansermet conductor
  • Adolphe Appia architect, lighting and decor theorist
  • Werner Arber microbiologist, geneticist, Nobel laureate
  • Lys Assia singer
  • Rene Victor Auberjonois painter
  • Hans Wilhelm Auer architect
  • Johann Georg Baiter philologist
  • Carl Franz Bally founder Bally Show Co.
  • Chiara Banchini violinist
  • Adolph Francis Alphonse Bandelier archaeologist
  • Karl Barth theologian
  • Erwin Friedrich Baumann architect, sculptor
  • Peter Rene Cipiriano Baumann "D. J. Bobo" singer, songwriter
  • Jean-Francois Bergier historian
  • Hans Benno Bernoulli architect
  • Jacob Bernoulli mathematician
  • Johann Bernoulli mathematician
  • Melchior Berri architect
  • Madeleine Berthod alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Peter Bichsel writer, journalist
  • Oskar Bider aviation pioneer
  • Denise Biellmann figure skater
  • Peter Bieri writer, philosopher
  • Max Bill architect, artist, designer
  • Ludwig Binswanger psychiatrist
  • Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner physician, nutritional research pioneer
  • Silvio Blatter writer
  • Paul Eugen Bleuler psychiatrist
  • Felix Bloch physicist, Nobel laureate
  • Christoph Blocher politician, industrialist
  • Francois-Louis Bocion artist, teacher
  • Arnold Bocklin painter
  • Johann Georg Bodmer inventor
  • Johann Jakob Bodmer author, academic
  • Karl Bodmer painter
  • Charles Bonnet naturalist
  • Charles Victor de Bonstetten writer
  • Armand Borel mathematician
  • Daniel Borel co-founder Logitech
  • Francesco Borromini architect
  • Mario Botta architect
  • Nicolas Bouvier iconographer, photographer
  • Daniel Bovet pharmacologist, Nobel laureate
  • Abraham-Louis Breguet horologist
  • Ursula Bruhin snowboarder
  • Rudolf Brun leader of Zurich guilds' revolution
  • Pierre Victor,baron de Besenval de Brunstatt Swiss guard commander
  • Urs Buhler tenor
  • Heinrich Bullinger protestant reformer
  • Carl Jacob Christoph Burckhardt historian
  • Johann Ludwig Burckhardt traveler, orientalist, writer
  • Hermann Burger poet, novelist
  • Erika Burkart writer, poet
  • Johann Buttikofer zoologist
  • Francois-Louis Cailler first producer Swiss chocolate
  • Alexandre Calame painter
  • Fabian Cancellara bicycle racer
  • Gaudenz Canova socialist
  • Charles Victor Cherbuliez novelist
  • Jacques Chessex author, painter
  • Louis-Joseph Chevrolet co-founder Chevrolet Motor Company
  • Etienne Claviere financier, politician
  • Arthur Cohn film producer
  • Alfred Comte aviation pioneer
  • Benjamin Constant writer, politician
  • Michael Corboz conductor
  • Georges Marie Martin Cottier cardinal
  • Ernst Cramer architect
  • Jean Crotti painter
  • Justus Dahinden architect
  • Rachel Kolly d'Alba violinist
  • Erich von Daniken author
  • Philippe Decourroux songwriter
  • Joseph Deiss politician, economist
  • Jean-Andre Deluc geologist, meteorologist
  • Henri Des singer, songwriter
  • Dimitri clown, mime
  • Elie Ducommun peace activist, Nobel laureate
  • Armand Dufaux aviation pioneer
  • Jean Dunand sculptor, lacquer artist
  • Henry Dunant social activist, founder International Committee of the Red Cross, Nobel laureate
  • Annemarie Duringer actress
  • Friedrich Durrenmatt author, dramatist
  • Andy Egert musician
  • Oscar Egg bicycle racer
  • Hans Erni painter, sculptor
  • Richard Ernst chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Alfred Escher politician, railway entrepreneur
  • Leonhard Euler mathematician, physicist
  • Johann Augustanus Faber theologian
  • Ernest Failloubaz aviation pioneer
  • Louis Favre civil engineer
  • Roger Federer tennis player
  • Jurg Federspiel writer

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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