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Once on land, data travels through fibre optic cables. Internet exchange points (IXPs), which work like huge intersections where billions of data units come together, regulate the flow. Europe’s biggest IXP is in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Meanwhile, data centres – which can include thousands of servers – store the data. With its long tradition of protecting information, Switzerland has 64 data centres – four times as many as Germany on a per capita basis.

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Journalist: Robert Gloy

Graphics: Thibaud Tissot

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