Switzerland (French: Suisse , in German: Schweiz), officially the Swiss Confederation, is a mountainous country in Central Europe with many lakes and valleys. It borders Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Liechtenstein and has no access to the sea. The capital is Bern and the largest city in Switzerland is Zurich. 8.6 million people live in Switzerland on almost 41,300 square kilometers. The highest point in Switzerland is 4634 m above sea level. M. high Dufourspitze on the border with Italy, the lowest point is the shore of Lake Maggiore at 193 m above sea level. M., also on the Italian border.