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Zurich economic area attracts more than 100 companies

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Zurich economic area attracts more than 100 companies
101 foreign companies set up in the Zurich economic area last year. Together, they plan to create around 1,500 jobs in the coming years. More…

Coulter Partners opens new office in Zurich

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Coulter Partners opens new office in Zurich
The British recruitment firm Coulter Partners is opening an office in Zurich. CEO Bianca Coulter sees the greater Zurich region as a leading life sciences hub, and the new office will focus on recruiting in this sector. More…

Roche researches new cancer test

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Roche researches new cancer test
The Roche subsidiary Ventana Medical Systems has entered into a collaboration agreement with US company Loxo Oncology. The partnership will develop a diagnostic test to identify treatment methods for tumours. More…

Leica Geosystems launches new software versions

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Leica Geosystems launches new software versions
The measurement technology company Leica Geosystems has launched new versions of its popular software for the construction industry. They are designed for use around earth moving and infrastructure work as well as building construction. More…

Switzerland is one of the happiest countries in the world

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Switzerland is one of the happiest countries in the world
Switzerland is among the happiest nations on earth, according to the latest World Happiness Report, published by the United Nation on Happiness Day, March 20. The European country ranks forth, right behind the Nordics Norway, Denmark and Iceland. More…

Schaffhausen vocational training project receives award

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Schaffhausen vocational training project receives award
The Schaffhausen vocational training project go tec! has won a prize for excellence in vocational and professional education and training. Federal councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann was present at the ENTERPRIZE 2017 awards ceremony. More…

KNIME attracts American equity investor

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KNIME attracts American equity investor
The US equity investor Invus has invested EUR 20 million in KNIME. The Zurich-based software company develops software that provides organisations with advanced analytics. More…

Zurich, Geneva and Basel among top 10 cities with highest quality of living worldwide

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Zurich, Geneva and Basel among top 10 cities with highest quality of living worldwide
Swiss cities continue to receive top marks when it comes to expatriate quality of living. According to the new quality-of-living rankings by Mercer, a global consulting company, Zurich, Geneva and Basel rank among the top ten cities with the best quality of life in the world. More…

BioVersys brings new partner on board

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BioVersys brings new partner on board
The Basel-based pharmaceutical company BioVersys AG and the US company Aptuit will collaborate to develop novel approaches to treat serious infections from Gram-negative pathogens. Their goal is to combat antibiotic resistance. More…

Zurich tops quality of living ranking

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Zurich tops quality of living ranking
Zurich is once again the second best city in the world for overall quality of life, according to the 2017 Mercer Quality of Living survey. More…

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  • Switzerland ranks 3rd in the Human Development Report 2015

    The Human Development Report (HDR) is an annual milestone published by the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  The rankings are based on three basic areas — life expectancy, education and income/standard of living. In 2015, Switzerland secures the third spot behind Norway and Australia.

  • A bright future for ICT in Switzerland

    For the first time, Switzerland makes the top 10 of the International Telecommunication Union’s ICT Development Index; a composite index combining 11 indicators into one benchmark measure that can be used to monitor and compare developments in information and communication technology (ICT) between countries and over time. The indicators are grouped in 3 main sub-indices; readiness, use and skills.

  • Switzerland climbs up the Global Adaptation Index

    Switzerland comes back to its best position in the Global Adaptation Index thanks to its outstanding performance in terms of readiness to improve resilience. The University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) summarizes a country's vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience.

  • Switzerland: the best place for young workers

    Switzerland comes out first in the latest Young Worker Index by PricewaterhouseCoopers, outperforming Germany and Austria. Published by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Young Workers Index assesses how well OECD countries are developing the economic potential of their young people. The index is a weighted average of eight indicators that reflect the labor market activity and educational participation of people aged under 25 in 34 OECD countries.

  • Switzerland tops world ranking of business talent 2015

    The IMD World Talent Report is based on 20 years’ worth of competitiveness-related data, including an in-depth survey of more than 4,000 executives in the 61 countries covered by the study. In the  2015 edition, Switzerland leads the way in developing, attracting and retaining talent to satisfy corporate needs.

  • The Legatum Index recognizes Switzerland’s prosperity

    Switzerland ranks second in the Legatum Prosperity Index for the third time in a row. The index assesses how prosperous an economy is based on more than just macroeconomic factors – also taking into account wellbeing. The index ranks 142 countries across eight categories: the Economy, Entrepreneurship & Opportunity; Governance; Education; Health; Safety & Security; Personal Freedom; and Social Capital.

  • Switzerland is the world’s most positive country in 2015

    For the first time, Switzerland has topped the World’s Most Positive Country Index, leaving the second and third spot to Sweden and China respectively. The alpine country jumped to the first place from last year’s fourth position mostly thanks to its consistent display of competitiveness in nurturing innovation and talent.

  • Switzerland is the second strongest nation brand

    Renowned brand valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance released the 2015 edition of its Nation Brands report which measures the strength and value of the nation brands of 100 leading countries. Between 2014 and 2015, Switzerland has moved up the Nation Brand Strength ranking from 3rd to 2nd place – scoring a brand strength index (BSI) of 89.5 over 100 and a triple-A brand rating.

  • Switzerland ranks as the number 2 country globally based on average job value of investment projects

    Switzerland shines in the 2015 edition of the IBM Global Location Trends Report. The latter presents and analyzes the latest trends in corporate location selection around the world, providing the most realistic and up-to-date reflection of expansion and relocation behavior of companies, as well as the degree in which countries and regions around the world are successful in attracting new business.

  • ETH (Zurich) – First Swiss university to make the top 10 of the QS Worldwide University Ranking

    2015 is a turning point for Swiss higher education and more specifically for the ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. For the first time, a Swiss school enters the top 10 of renowned QS Ranking, among exclusively British and US American elite universities. The QS World University Ranking lists the world's top universities produced by Quacquarelli Symonds and published annually since 2004.