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Country overview

The Swiss economy has weathered the economic storm in Europe well over the past years, despite continued upward pressure on the Swiss Franc. Switzerland’s economy benefits from a highly-skilled labour force, a stable political environment, liquid and sophisticated financial markets, low taxes, strong domestic purchasing power, a well-developed infrastructure, a stable macroeconomic environment and a strong service sector.

Switzerland is a diverse and mature economy with opportunities in all sectors. Business links between Switzerland and the UK are extremely strong with more than 80 flights per day linking the UK with Switzerland. 

Switzerland is the UK’s most important non-EU trading partner after the USA. There is a strong trading relationship in both trade in goods and trade in services. 

Key factors that can benefit British trade into Switzerland include strong demand for high-quality products and services with competitive prices, a highly automated and efficient manufacturing sector, and the strong Swiss Franc makes UK products highly competitive.

More than 24.6% of Switzerland’s population of 8.23 million are non-Swiss, with a large percentage living in the main cities of Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Berne. Swiss cities regularly feature amongst the best places in the world for expatriates to live, largely due to political stability, low crime rates and good medical facilities.

About IMA Guides

About this guide

This guide aims to provide a route map of the way ahead, together with signposts to other sources of help.

The main objective of this Doing Business in Switzerland Guide is to provide you with basic knowledge about Switzerland; an overview of its economy, business culture, potential opportunities and to identify the main issues associated with initial research, market entry, risk management and cultural and language issues.

We do not pretend to provide all the answers in the guide, but novice exporters in particular will find it a useful starting point. Further assistance is available from the Department for International Trade (DIT) team in Switzerland. Full contact details are available in this guide.

To help your business succeed in Switzerland we have carefully selected a variety of essential service providers as ‘Market Experts’ Click Here

The guide is available in 4 formats:

  • this website

  • a ‘free’ downloadable 'mobile device-friendly’ app – available from the iTunes App Store and Google Play store

  • a full colour hard-copy brochure (to order your copy please Click Here)

  • PDF download/e-flipbook (available to download below)

UKTI Video

About IOE&IT

An introduction to the Institute of Export & International Trade

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Established in 1935, the Institute of Export & International Trade is the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade. Offering a unique range of individual and business membership benefits and a world renowned suite of qualifications and training, the Institute is the leading authority in best practice and competence for businesses trading globally.

To view other videos, please visit the IOE&IT YouTube Channel.

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Market Experts

Doing Business in Switzerland Guide Market Experts - Please click on the logos below to view our Market Expert profiles and to find out how they can help you to succeed in Switzerland!


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Real Estate

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Executive, Technology and Finance Recruitment Solutions

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