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(Bloomberg) -- Switzerland will once again lay claim to the world’s longest railway tunnel when the 57.1-kilometer (35.5 miles) Gotthard opens on Wednesday. The last time the Alpine nation achieved this was with the initial 15-kilometer railway connection through the Gotthard massif in 1882. Still, the glory will be short-lived: Austria’s 64-kilometer Brenner Base tunnel is set to open in 2026.

--With assistance from Jan Schwalbe and Catherine Bosley To contact the reporter on this story: Mara Bernath in Zurich at mbernath1@bloomberg.net. To contact the editors responsible for this story: Sophie Caronello at scaronello@bloomberg.net, Zoe Schneeweiss

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