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 (hĕl-vē′shə, -shē-ə)
An ancient region of central Europe between the Alps and the Jura Mountains. It was named by the Romans for its predominantly Celtic inhabitants, the Helvetii. Helvetia corresponded roughly to the western part of modern Switzerland, and the name is still used on Swiss currency and postage stamps.
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1. (Placename) the Latin name for Switzerland
2. (Placename) a Roman province in central Europe (1st century bc to the 5th century ad), corresponding to part of S Germany and parts of W and N Switzerland
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(ˈswɪt sər lənd)

a republic in central Europe. 7,275,467; 15,944 sq. mi. (41,294 sq. km). Cap.: Bern. French, Suisse. German, Schweiz. Italian, Svizzera. Latin, Helvetia.
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Fifteen days later, two thousand miles farther off, the Helvetia, of the Compagnie-Nationale, and the Shannon, of the Royal Mail Steamship Company, sailing to windward in that portion of the Atlantic lying between the United States and Europe, respectively signalled the monster to each other in 42@ 15' N.
BANKING AND CREDIT NEWS-April 19, 2017-Swiss Helvetia Fund releases director nominations, resignations
7 July 2014 - Swiss insurer Helvetia Holding AG (SWX:HELN) has agreed to acquire local peer Swiss National Insurance Co Ltd, also known as Nationale Suisse, through a cash-and-stock bid of CHF80.00 (USD89.34/EUR65.77) apiece, the pair said today.
Florida-based Helvetia Pharmaceuticals raised $3million (pounds 1.6m) but failed to tell investors:
The Alemanni moved into the Gallo-Roman province of Helvetia during the first centuries following the birth of Christ, and by about 600 A.D., Helvetia (it wasn't called Switzerland until 1350) and nearby Alsace were essentially Alemannian territories.
Global Banking News-August 2, 2018-Swiss Helvetia Fund appoints new director to board
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Bassem Kenawy directs the play written by Olivier Chiacchiari as part of Pro Helvetia's program, Now and Here: Swiss Theatre Readings.
BANKING AND CREDIT NEWS-June 30, 2015-Swiss Helvetia Fund declares capital gains, income distributions
Austria SKi | Total (skitotal.com; 10483 791933) offers seven nights at Chalet Helvetia, Austria, for PS499pp (two sharing) down from PS739pp, travelling on December 14.
20 December 2013 - Swiss investor Helvetia Beteiligungen AG has purchased Gebaeudeversicherung Bern's (GVB) 5.27% interest in Swiss National Insurance Company Ltd (Nationale Suisse), the target said today, without giving financial details.