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«Grüezi» and welcome to Switzerland
Switzerland is the world’s most competitive economy. Innovation and technology, a liberal economic system and political stability are only some of its advantages. The country is inextricably linked to foreign economies, and offers first-class education and healthcare, excellent infrastructure, high quality of life and a competitive tax system. All the more reasons for companies to settle in Switzerland.
Switzerland one of the world’s happiest nations
Switzerland has achieved an excellent 3rd place in the 2013 ranking of the world’s happiest countries published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Switzerland was placed just behind Denmark and Norway, but well ahead of the Netherlands in fourth place.
Switzerland is the first choice for qualified professionals
According to the first «Global Talent Competitiveness Index» by INSEAD, Switzerland is the most attractive country for qualified professionals. Singapore and Denmark came in second and third. Switzerland is ranked best with respect to a stable economic and political environment, an efficient education system, high productivity, global knowledge and quality of life.
Free competition at its best
Free competition, trade and intellectual property protection are given priority in Switzerland: The Economic Freedom of the World Report 2013 ranks Switzerland on fourth place. Thus, Switzerland is the economically freest country in Europe.
Switzerland tops new global Human Capital Index
When it comes to investing in people, Switzerland is way ahead of the curve. In the new Human Capital Report 2013 by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Switzerland reached first place – ahead of 121 other countries. Switzerland clearly proves first place especially in the area of workforce and employment.
Switzerland is the most competitive country in the world
The latest Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 from the World Economic Forum once again ranks Switzerland as foremost among the most competitive countries. This is the fifth consecutive year. Switzerland gets top marks for innovation, business sophistication, education and the employment market.
Swiss cities offer excellent quality of living
Zurich is the city with the world's second-best quality of living, according to the Mercer 2014 Quality of Living rankings. Vienna tops the ranking. Berne on rank 13 is also among the most liveable cities worldwide. Auckland, New Zealand came third, followed by Munich, Germany and Vancouver, Canada. The worst performing city accorind to the survey is Bagdad.
International comparison of country brands: «Switzerland» on top
Of all of the country brands «Switzerland» is held in the highest esteem globally. In FutureBrand's Country Brand Index 2012-2013 Switzerland leads the relevant rankings ahead of Canada, Japan and Sweden. And it does so by a clear margin. With 'Value System', 'Quality of Life' and 'Good for Business' Switzerland is way out in front in three of the five evaluations which were used to compile the rankings list.
High employment satisfaction in Switzerland
91% of persons in gainful employment are very satisfied or satisfied with their working conditions. For the second time, a study compares employment conditions in Switzerland with those in the countries of the European Union. This highlights the developments between 2005 and 2010. Swiss employees work more flexibly and with a greater degree of self-determination than employees in the countries of the EU. European Working Conditions Surveys (EWCS)