Switzerland celebrates National Day

09:47, August 02, 2011      

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A child holds a lantern with the pattern of the Swiss flag on the campus of Geneva University, Switzerland, Aug. 1, 2011. On Aug. 1, 1291, the Swiss cantons of Uri, Schwyz, and Nidwalden signed a mutual defense pact and were later joined by surrounding areas to form the Republic of Switzerland. Since 1891, the first of August has been celebrated as Swiss National Day. (Xinhua/Yu Yang)

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