USI is located in Switzerland

Thanks to its location (landlocked by France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria and Italy), Switzerland has traditionally been and will continue to be at the crossroads of major international trade routes. From Switzerland you can reach many major European cities in two hours or less.

With its population of 385,000, Zurich is the business hub of Switzerland and one of its three main financial centres.  Bern (131,000 inhabitants) is the political capital; Basel (190,000 inhabitants) is home to renowned pharmaceutical and chemical companies; and Geneva (191,000 inhabitants) is the headquarters of numerous international organizations including several UN agencies.

With its small population (7.8 million people), Switzerland has four national languages: 65% of the population speak Swiss German, a strong dialect of German; 22% speak French; 12% Italian, and 1% Romantsch, a minority language spoken only in Canton Grisons.

The Swiss Confederation is based on a federal system.  Its present form was established by the 1848 Constitution. An historically evolved federal structure gives each of its 26 Cantons a considerable degree of political freedom and administrative independence. While Switzerland is not a member of the European Union (EU) it is economically and culturally integrated with it.  In 2002, Switzerland became a member of the United Nations.