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Swiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk and Money by Diccon Bewes

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SEVENMADE IN SWITZERLAND

Resourcefulness is, ironically, exactly what is needed by a country that has few natural resources of its own. With no coal or iron, not enough arable land to feed itself, and no colonies to provide endless raw materials, Switzerland has always been reliant on trading with its neighbours to survive. It helped that the Swiss had a trump card: control of the mountain passes everyone else wanted to use. And they have proved very adept at making the most of what they have, and filling the gaps by being the ultimate import–exporters: they import what they need, create something out it, then export it for profit, helping to make the Swiss economy one of the most successful in the world.

Part of that success has been a knack ...

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