Switzerland is a country located in Western Europe, bordered by Germany, France, Italy, and Austria. It is a federal republic, consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. Switzerland is known for its picturesque mountains, lakes, and high standard of living. The country has a strong economy, based on banking, tourism, and precision engineering. Switzerland is also famous for its chocolate, cheese, and watchmaking industries. The country has a long history of neutrality and political stability, and is a member of the United Nations and other international organizations.