Switzerland is one of the countries with the longest working hours, the highest per capita expenditure on science, research and education and the most valid patents per inhabitant and is therefore one of the world’s top ranking countries. It boasts a wide range of benefits:
Switzerland is located at the heart of Europe and is an ideal location for internationally operating companies, with approximately 450 million consumers on the European market being within easy reach thanks to its location at the intersection of major North/South and East/West transport axes. The Canton’s multicultural and multilingual population as well as the high demand for quality also help to make Switzerland an ideal test market for Europe.
The Swiss national economy is one of the most cosmopolitan (ranked at number 3) and most competitive (ranked 8th). Thanks to its high net value added service sector, highly specialised industries and its highly motivated employees, Switzerland occupies third place on the global ranking list with a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) of CHF 54,000.
Cooperation with the EU
Switzerland is a world leading economic and financial location. Thanks to its bilateral agreements and close economic relations with the EU, the country is able to offer favourable general conditions for economic activities. Switzerland is the EU’s second largest customer and third largest supplier of goods and is able to gain access, thanks to this close cooperation, to the European market’s 450 million consumers.
Stable legal and political system
Switzerland’s federalistic system together with its direct democracy guarantee an extremely high level of stability in the areas of private ownership, society and politics.
Competitive tax system
Compared with other countries taxes for both companies and individuals are low in Switzerland.
Liberal employment law
Swiss employment law and jurisdiction are liberal, resulting in a correspondingly high level of deregulation and freedom of action. Cooperation between management and the workforce is good, therefore strikes are something of a rarity.
Quality and innovation
The seal of quality “Made in Switzerland” stands for quality, reliability, innovation and precision, which is why Swiss clocks and banks have become world famous. Today, fields such as sensor technology, nanotechnology, medical technology and biotechnology as well as communications and information technology also figure highly in the rankings of quality products and services respectively.