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  • World Briefing: Austria: Boy, 14, Held in Terrorism Case
    The state prosecutor’s office said a 14-year-old boy had been arrested on suspicion of planning to place a bomb in a busy Viennese train station and could be charged with belonging to a terrorist organization.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:20:17 GMT.
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  • Nations Sign Pact to Share Data to Fight Tax Evasion
    Germany, France and Britain are among 51 participants in the accord, but Switzerland is hesitant and the United States prefers to follow its own path.
    By Alison Smale.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:11:06 GMT.
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  • UBS sets aside $1.9bn in legal costs
    Switzerland's biggest bank, UBS, misses profit estimates after it sets aside $1.9bn in legal provisions over alleged currency-rigging.
    BBC News.  Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:11:48 GMT.
  • German ex-banker guilty of bribery
    The former boss of Germany's BayernLB bank gets a suspended jail term for having bribed Austrian far-right politician Joerg Haider in 2007.
    BBC News.  Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:02:09 GMT.
  • Switzerland Set To Greedily Grab Gold
    On November 30th the Swiss will be asked to vote on boosting the share of central reserves devoted to gold. Opinion polls indicate they will vote yes.
    By Stephen Pope.  Forbes.  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:25:00 GMT.
Switzerland map, showing Berne, the capital city, and other major Swiss cities
Austria map, showing Vienna, the capital city of Austria, and other major Austrian cities
Slovenia map, showing Ljubljana, its capital city, and parts of adjacent countries

Facts About the Alpine States

The Alpine States consist of Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, and Liechtenstein.  These nations are located in the Alpine region of south central Europe, and you find more news and information about them by visiting the official government websites listed below.

The Swiss Confederation's capital city is Berne, and its national currency is the Swiss Franc.  The primary languages used in Switzerland are German, French, and Italian; in 2007, the estimated population of Switzerland was 7,555,000.

The Republic of Austria's capital city is Vienna, and its currency is the Euro.  The primary language used in Austria is German, and in 2007, the estimated population of Austria was 8,200,000.

The Republic of Slovenia's capital city is Ljubljana, and its currency is the Tolar.  The country's national language is Slovene, and its estimated population in 2007 was 2,009,000.

The Principality of Liechtenstein's capital city is Vaduz, and its currency is the Swiss Franc.  The Alemannic German dialect is spoken in Liechtenstein, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 34,000.

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