Source
Central bank

Swiss National Bank

International Reserves

USD 786.9 billion (2018)

Gross Domestic Product - GDP

USD 703.8 billion (2018, estimate)

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

Intl$ 548.5 billion (2018, estimate)

Real GDP growth
2014 2015 2016 2017* 2018*
2.5% 1.3% 1.6% 1.7% 2.5%

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

USD 82,950.3 (2018, estimate)

GDP per capita - PPP

Intl$ 64,649.1 (2018, estimate)

GDP (PPP) - share of world total

0.4% (2019, estimate)

 
 
Source
GDP - composition by sector
  • agriculture: 0.7% 
  • industry: 25.1% 
  • services: 71.3%

(2018 estimate)

Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

3.4% (2015)

OECD, data retrieved January 2019

Inflation
2014 2015 2016 2017* 2018*
-1.1% -0.4% 0.5% 0.9% 0.6%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2014 2015 2016 2017* 2018*
3.2% 3.3% 3.1% 2.5% 2.8%

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2014 2015 2016 2017* 2018*
43% 41.8% 42.6% 40.5% 38.6%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2014 2015 2016 2017* 2018*
0.6% 0.4% 1.2% 1.3% 1.0%

*Estimate

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: AAA

Moody's: Aaa

Standard & Poor's / Moody's (Updated January 2017)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2016 2017 2018
USD 1403.4 billion USD 1686.5 billion USD 1441.2 billion
Largest companies

Coca-Cola HBC, Garmin, Geberit, Lindt & Sprungli, EMS-Chemie Holding, Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Barry Callebaut, Basler Kantonalbank, Garrett Motion, Sonova Holding, EFG International, Luzerner Kantonalbank, St. Galler Kantonalbank, Nestle, Novartis, Roche Holding, UBS, Glencore International, Zurich Insurance Group, Chubb, Credit Suisse Group, ABB, LafargeHolcim, Richemont, Swiss Life Holding, Swiss Re, TE Connectivity, Swisscom, Kuehne & Nagel International, Schindler Holding, STMicroelectronics, Julius Baer Group, Swatch Group, Bâloise Group, Adecco, Sika, Helvetia Holding, Lonza Group, SGS, Givaudan, Partners Group Holding

 
 
Source
Current account balance

USD 72.2 billion (2018 estimate)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

10.2% (2018 estimate)

Exports as percent of GDP (Exports of goods and services)

65.5% (2018)

Shares in world total merchandising export

1.6% (2018)

Shares in world total commercial services export

2.13% (2018)

Total exports

USD 456.4 billion (2018 estimate)

Export commodities

Machinery, chemicals, metals, watches, agricultural products

Total imports

USD 377.4 billion (2018 estimate)

 
 
Source
Import commodities

Machinery, chemicals, metals, watches, agricultural products

Exports - major partners

Germany 15.2%, US 12.3%, China 8.2%, India 6.7%, France 5.7%, UK 5.7%, Hong Kong 5.4%, Italy 5.3% (2017)

Imports - major partners

Germany 20.9%, US 7.9%, Italy 7.6%, UK 7.3%, France 6.8%, China 5% (2017)

FDI inflows
2016 2017 2018
USD 60,670 million USD 39,000 million USD -87,212 million
FDI outflows
2016 2017 2018
USD 88,528 million USD -34,916 million USD 26,928 million
Value of cross-border M&A, by country of purchaser
2015 2016 2017 2018
USD 40,087 million USD 35,489 million USD 18,642 million USD 34,573 million
Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2014

Roche Holding AG, InterMune Inc, United States, USD 8.3 billion / Mercuria Energy Group Ltd, JPMorgan Chase & Co-Physical Commodities Business, United States, USD 3.5 billion

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2015

Holcim Ltd, Lafarge SA, France, USD 20.6 billion / Novartis AG, GlaxoSmithKline PLC-Oncology Business, United Kingdom, USD 16.0 billion

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Best countries for doing business

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business. A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.

Overall ranking: 36 out of 190 countries (2017)

Subcategories:

Starting a Business: 81 out of 190 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 71 out of 190 countries

Getting Electricity: 13 out of 190 countries

Registering Property: 18 out of 190 countries

Getting Credit: 67 out of 190 countries

Protecting Minority Investors: 105 out of 190 countries

Paying Taxes: 20 out of 190 countries

Trading across Borders: 26 out of 190 countries

Enforcing Contracts: 57 out of 190 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 49 out of 190 countries

(World Bank - Doing Business 2019)

Global competitiveness ranking

5 out of 141 countries

(World Economic Forum - The Global Competitiveness Index 2019)

Index of Economic Freedom

Ranking: 4 / Score: 81.9 (Free) (2019)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed)

 
 
Source
Time zone

UTC+1

Total area

41,277 sq km 

Capital

Bern

Currency

Swiss francs (CHF)

Government type

Federal republic (formally a confederation)

Languages

German (official) 63.5%, French (official) 22.5%, Italian (official) 8.1%, English 4.4%, Portuguese 3.4%, Albanian 3.1%, Serbo-Croatian 2.5%, Spanish 2.2%, Romansch (official) 0.5%, other 6.6%

Note: German, French, Italian, and Romansch are all national and official languages; totals more than 100% because some respondents indicated more than one main language (2013 est.)

Religions

Roman Catholic 38.2%, Protestant 26.9%, Muslim 4.9%, other Christian 5.7%, other 1.6%, none 21.4%, unspecified 1.3% (2012 est.)

Total population
1990 2000 2010 2016* 2021*
6.674 million 7.164 million 7.786 million 8.325 million 8.819 million

*Estimate  

 
 
Source
Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2015
51% 57% 73% 74%
Population median age

42.2 years (2016 estimate)

Population growth rate

0.7% (2016 estimate)

Life expectancy

82.6 years (2016 estimate)

Literacy

N/A

% of population living on less than $3.10 a day

N/A

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

31.6 (2012)

(0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

Political Rights: 1
Civil Liberties: 1 (2017)                         

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free rating)

Source
Total telephone subscribers as % of population

Fixed 50.25%   Mobile 136.47% (2015)
(fixed-telephone subscribers and mobile-cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

87.48% (2015)

Mercer Cost of living index

Zurich: 3rd
Geneva: 8th
Bern: 13th

(2016)

CO2 emissions

5.0 (2013)

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