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Business Navigator: New powerful data tool to get key economic insights about Switzerland

How many biotech companies are there in Switzerland? Where are the strongest ICT clusters located? In which regions can recruiters find Japanese-speaking talents? The newly developed “Switzerland Business Navigator” helps companies interested in Switzerland as a business location research and analyze economic and demographic data about the country and its regions. This relevant information about site-related factors supports them finding the location that best meets their criteria. Switzerland is the first country to implement the GIS-based platform with nationwide data.

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Switzerland is the first country to implement the GIS-based platform with nationwide data.

Switzerland is among the most competitive economies worldwide (WEF Global Competitiveness Report). The country is a strong magnet for companies who want to target and expand their European or specifically Swiss market and profit from favorable market conditions: strong innovation and technology, easy access to foreign markets thanks to 40 Free Trade Agreements, an outstanding and reliable infrastructure, a stable and liberal labor and political system, as well as availability of highly qualified talents. In the decision-making process for a new production site, R&D center or a European Headquarter, researching and analyzing data is key.

Visualized data that is easily comparable

“Our Business Navigator helps investors to gain a complete and thorough overview of economic and demographic data of Switzerland,” comments Patrik Wermelinger, Head of Investment Promotion and Member of the Board of Executive Committee at Switzerland Global Enterprise. Existing or prospective business owners and entrepreneurs can research, analyze and export regional data on demographics, consumer income, labor force, business, industry, GDP, corporate taxes, average market prices for real estate, infrastructure, and other key selection criteria. Since so much of this research happens online, it's critical to ensure comparable information is available whenever investors need it.

Interested businesses can easily access the interactive map online and get customized data reports with only a few clicks and free of charge. “The main advantage is that the provided data can be compared on different geographical levels. The huge amount of collected data about Switzerland can be visualized at a glance – an important aspect in times of big data,” stresses Wermelinger.

The Switzerland Business Navigator is an interactive online application, based on a Geo Information System (GIS), developed by GIS Planning Inc., a service from the Financial Times Group Ltd. It can be accessed at:

About Switzerland Global Enterprise

Switzerland Global Enterprise guides your business on the path to new markets. On behalf of the Swiss Confederation and the Swiss cantons, we are happy to help your business to locate and grow in Switzerland. For more information, visit or contact us in your respective country:

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