The choice of location for a business has become extremely important in today’s competitive economy. Switzerland offers many unique advantages for entrepreneurs willing to invest in the country, on economical, political and social level. Many of its companies are industry leaders and the country’s major value-enhancing innovations have ranged from Velcro to the Red Cross. Switzerland also possesses one of the most efficient financial systems in the world.
In Switzerland you are never far from other countries, and Swiss business is closely linked to markets around the world, be that through exports, branch offices or direct investments. Switzerland cultivates these relationships and is always seeking to expand on them. In 2009, for example, it had a network of 20 free trade agreements, not counting those with the European Union. The list is far from complete, and the expansion program continues. Despite its internationalism, Switzerland has also preserved its specific location advantages. Social, political and economic stability are assured. The favorable general environment also makes it possible to maintain high quality standards in other areas. Swiss universities attract the best thinkers from Switzerland and abroad, and our vocational education system ensures the availability of skilled workers with practical experience. They
contribute their expertise to the companies located in Switzerland and so keep productivity high. Businesses, for their part, can rely on the flexible labour market and the free movement of workers within the EU and EFTA to respond quickly to changing economic conditions. When companies expand, build new production facilities or relocate, employees can often continue living in the same place due to the outstanding Swiss infrastructure and the nationwide reach of the public transport network.