Zurich (German spelling: Zürich; French spelling: Zurich; Romansch spelling Turitg; Italian spelling: Zurigo) is the largest city in Switzerland and is a cultural hub of business and commerce within the nation.
Zurich is situated in the relatively flat Swiss plateau, north of the Alps. It is on Lake Zurich (German: Zürichsee) at the point where the river Limmat exits the lake. Zurich also has Switzerland's largest and main international airport, and the largest rail station in Switzerland (Zürich Hauptbahnhof, abbreviated as: Zürich HB) which has 2900 departures daily. Zurich has an extensive public transport network of suburban trains ("S-Bahn"), trams and buses. Over half of commuting journeys within the city use public transport and only 17% using cars.
Zurich is a common stop for international travelers.
The population of Zürich is approximately 390 000, of which 30% are not Swiss citizens.
- http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/content/prd/de/index/ueber_das_departement/medien/medienmitteilungen/2012/maerz/120301.html "The city of Zurich has grown to 390 000 inhabitants". Press release from the city of Zurich, March 2012.