The Swiss economy has weathered the economic storm in Europe well over the past years, despite continued upward pressure on the Swiss Franc. Switzerland’s economy benefits from a highly-skilled labour force, a stable political environment, liquid and sophisticated financial markets, low taxes, strong domestic purchasing power, a well-developed infrastructure, a stable macroeconomic environment and a strong service sector.
Switzerland is a diverse and mature economy with opportunities in all sectors. Business links between Switzerland and the UK are extremely strong with more than 80 flights per day linking the UK with Switzerland.
Switzerland is the UK’s most important non-EU trading partner after the USA. There is a strong trading relationship in both trade in goods and trade in services. Key factors that can benefit British trade into Switzerland include strong demand for high-quality products and services with competitive prices, a highly automated and efficient manufacturing sector, and the strong Swiss Franc makes UK products highly competitive.
More than 24.6% of Switzerland’s population of 8.23 million are non-Swiss, with a large percentage living in the main cities of Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Berne. Swiss cities regularly feature amongst the best places in the world for expatriates to live, largely due to political stability, low crime rates and good medical facilities.
About the guides
The main objective of this Doing Business in Switzerland Guide is to provide you with basic knowledge about Switzerland; an overview of its economy, business culture, potential opportunities and to identify the main issues associated with initial research, market entry, risk management and cultural and language issues.
We do not pretend to provide all the answers in the guide, but novice exporters in particular will find it a useful starting point.
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