Doing business in Switzerland

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Switzerland is the most competitive business location and one of the most innovative countries in the world. The dual education system combines practical and industry-oriented vocational training with exceptional tertiary education. This forms the foundation for the country’s remarkably creative and innovative economy. In addition, Switzerland attracts many highly qualified people from abroad. 

Swiss employment laws are very liberal and the labor market is only loosely regulated. This also plays a role in placing the Swiss national economy among the most productive worldwide. The federal taxation system in Switzerland is attractive for both individuals and companies alike.

The liberal economic system, political stability, and substantial integration with foreign markets provide additional incentives for companies to establish themselves in Switzerland. Swiss free trade policies create the ideal conditions for the exchange of goods and services with key partners. AgreementsAgreements are becoming increasingly important within the context of international commerce. Given the different written laws and forms of legal practice that exist across the world and the different interpretations of the law that are culturally conditioned, it is impossible to devote too much attention to devising “good” agreements. Model agreements have proven to be useful, particularly for companies with little experience in this area. with all major industrialized nations ensure that companies only pay tax in one of the countries of business. 

Read more about the business environment and general conditions in Switzerland and download the fact sheets that most interest you.

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Company foundation

Switzerland is one of the world's most popular company locations. The conditions are ideal: Switzerland claimed first place by a wide margin in the European country rankings for location factors.

Company foundation

Corporate Taxation

Corporate taxation – attractive business location with low tax rates 

Corporate Taxation

Customs, imports and exports

Foreign trade is an important pillar of the Swiss economy. 

Customs, imports and exports

Data centers

Companies are confronted with even greater volumes of data as a result of new business models and technologies that must be saved in a secure and timely manner.

Data centers

Professional training

The Swiss education system enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide. The Swiss education system topped the rankings in the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Global Competitiveness Report.

Professional training

Financial center

Switzerland is one of the world's leading financial centers, whether it be for asset management, insurance, or as a trading platform for commodities.

Financial center

Innovation

As a result of their innovative strength, Swiss companies have been competing successfully against international rivals in a range of industries for decades.

Innovation

Labor market

Switzerland is an extremely attractive place for employers. The labor market is very flexible due to Switzerland’s liberal legislation.

Labor market

Product and industry design

Switzerland is well-known throughout the world for its high-quality precision technology products, which are not only functional, but also of elegant design.

Product and industry design

Production and Trading

Swiss products stand for quality, precision, safety, and reliability – attributes that many foreign buyers are prepared to pay a premium for.

Production and Trading