a country in western Europe with many mountains and lakes, surrounded by France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. Population: 7,283,000 (2001). Capital: Bern. Switzerland is a neutral country (=one that does not support any side in a war). It remained neutral in both World War I and World War II, and it does not belong either to the EU or to the UN. It is also a world centre for banking. People from Switzerland are called Swiss.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.