is the female national personification of Switzerland, officially Confœderatio Helvetica, the Swiss Confederation.
Helvetia on the right with Geneva; National monument in Geneva Switzerland.
The allegory is typically pictured in a flowing gown, with a spear and a shield emblazoned with the Swiss flag, and commonly with braided hair, commonly with a wreath as a symbol of confederation. The name is a derivation of the ethnonym Helvetii, the name of the Gaulish tribe inhabiting the Swiss Plateau prior to the Roman conquest.
The Swiss Confederation continues to use the name in its Latin form. The name Helvetia appears on postage stamps, coins and other uses; the full name, Confœderatio Helvetica, is abbreviated for uses such as on vehicle registration codes, CH.
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A modern Helvetia!
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