Expatriation and Immigration in Switzerland

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Capital: Bern


Total Population: 7,731,167
Annual Growth Rate: 1.1%
Density: 191 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 73.3%
Population of main cities including suburbs: Zürich (1,140,000); Geneva (500,000); Basel (490,000); Bern (340,000); Lausanne (310,000).
Ethnic Origins: German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, Others 6%.
Official Language: Switzerland has three official languages: German, french and Italian and four national languages: German, french, Italian and Romansch.
Other Languages Spoken: Serbo-Croatian , Albanian, Portuguese , Spanish , English.
Business Language(s): Widely used.
Religion: Roman Catholics (41.8%), Protestants (35.3%), Muslims (4.3%), Orthodox (1.8%), Other Christians (0.4%), Others (1%), Unspecified (4.3%), None (11.1%) (2000 census).

Local Time:

It is %T:%M %A In Geneva, Bern, Lausanne

Exchange Rate on

: National Currency:
Swiss Franc (CHF)

Country Overview

Area: 41,280 km²
Type of State: Federal republic based on parliamentary democracy. Confederation of 26 cantons (states/provinces) which enjoy fair amount of decentralisation.
Type of Economy: High-income economy, OECD member.
Fourth GDP per capita in the world; offshore financial services dominate the economy.
HDI*: 0.874/1
HDI (World Rank): 13/169

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To Make a Call From Switzerland, Dial 00
To Make a Call to Switzerland, Dial +41
Internet Suffix: .ch
Computers: 91.8 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 63.9 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 76.1 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 100% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Imports of Goods (million USD) 141,400 161,180 183,574 155,378 176,191
Exports of Goods (million USD) 147,856 172,078 200,759 172,474 195,386
Imports of Services (million USD) 26,592 31,574 36,400 38,867 38,399
Exports of Services (million USD) 53,460 64,255 76,180 72,309 76,300

Source: WTO - World Trade Organization


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  • Biotechnology Switzerland

    The main focus of both the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in Switzerland is on human life sciences, with residual activity in agrochemical and industrial biotechnology.

    UK Trade & Investment on 4 Oct 2010 related to Expatriation and Immigration in Switzerland

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