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The Limmat River in Zurich

8. Zurich Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and among the world's largest financial centers; many Swiss and foreign banking giants and financial institutions are centered in the city. The high quality of life in Zurich and investment in education are cited as reasons for the city's economic strength. Contrary to popular belief, it's not the country's capital; that honor goes to Bern. 2009 rank: 6 Pedro Szekely via Flickr