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Why is it that there is no article here:

Mein Freund hat um 15 Uhr einem Termin IN Hamburg

While we see one here:

Wo Arbeitet dein Freund ? IN DER Schweiz

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What's the difference? You're (correctly) using "in" in both examples. –  PMF Jan 16 at 10:48
    
What I mean, is why it's in der schweiz and not just in Schweiz –  Lex Jan 16 at 11:13
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Geographical entities that have a female or male gender are used with the article. The rest usually goes with "nach" and without the neuter "das", nowever, as CarstenSchultz mentioned in a comment, there are exception for which you do have to use the article. Whether or not that is specific to places in Germany, I don't know.

die Schweiz, der Iran, die USA (plural), der Sudan, die Normandie, die Toskana

(das) Deutschland, (das) Frankreich, (das) Hamburg, (das) Kreuzberg (district of Berlin), das Schweden, ...

Exceptions:

ins Allgäu, ins Baskenland,...

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"For the neuter places, the article is dropped." seems wrong. I think you want to say that places without article are always neuter. (Allgäu, Siegerland) –  Carsten Schultz Mar 15 at 19:45
    
@CarstenSchultz... very good point!! Danke –  Emanuel Mar 15 at 21:42
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You should change the question to point out you are confused be the "DER" in "in der Schweiz" This is a problem i never thought of.

You would say "In Holland", too.. but "In Schweiz" is wrong. Locations that are not neutral (gender) require an article (as Emanuel said)

Further Examples are: In den Niederlanden. In den USA. (while these are plurals, i don't know any other examples like Schweiz)

And be careful with islands, as island do not use "in" but "auf" - "Auf den Seychellen", "Auf Madagaskar" etc.

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"in den Kantonen", vielleicht :) –  Ingo Jan 16 at 12:31
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