The city of Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland with 409,241 inhabitants (as of 31 December 2017). The surrounding area is densely populated, so that about 1.3 million people live in the agglomeration of Zurich.
The resulting from the Roman base Turicum Zurich was in 1262 Free Imperial City and 1351 Member of the Confederation. The city of the reformer Huldrych Zwingli experienced its rise in the industrial age to today’s economic metropolis of Switzerland.
With its central station, Switzerland’s largest railway station, and the airport, the city of Zurich is a continental traffic hub. Thanks to the resident big banks and insurance companies, it is an international financial center and the largest financial center in Switzerland. In addition, the city hosts the two largest university colleges in Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and the University of Zurich. Despite the comparatively small population, Zurich is counted among the world cities. Zurich is the most important center of the Swiss media and creative industry. With its location on Lake Zurich, its well-preserved medieval old town and a diverse cultural offer and nightlife, it is also a center of tourism. For years, Zurich has been listed alongside Geneva as one of the cities with the highest quality of life worldwide and at the same time the highest cost of living.