Bern, the capital (officially "federal city") of the Swiss Confederation, is home to the Swiss Government, the Swiss National Bank, the Swiss Railways, the Swiss Post, the University of Bern and a population of about 144,000. The official language of Bern is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect, Bernese German. In 1983, the historic old town (in German: Altstadt) in the centre of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city is a one-hour train ride away from Basel (home of many pharmaceutical multinationals), Zurich (one of the most important financial centres worldwide) and about two hours from Geneva, home of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and many other international organisations.
For more on what Bern has to offer check out the official website of the city of Bern.
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