8.6 million citizens, 26 cantons, 4 official languages (German, Italian, French and Romansh): Switzerland is located in the middle of Europe, surrounded by Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy and France. With an area of around 41,000 km2 , one of the smallest countries in the world, nevertheless Switzerland has become famous for a number of things. Including for the heavy use of rail, both for passenger and freight transport.
Alpine railway country
Switzerland is known for the great importance of rail transport: one million people travel by train in Switzerland every day. On average, every Swiss person makes 47 rail journeys per year. The more than 5,000 km long rail network, which is one of the densest of its kind in the world, for the most part dates back to the second half of the 19th century.
High investments in rail infrastructure
In 2020, Switzerland invested around 440 euros per capita in rail infrastructure. This makes Switzerland the leader in terms of investment after Luxembourg.