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10 March, 2021updated 29 Oct 2021 17:49

Investing in Switzerland: what you need to know

All of the key data and information needed when considering investing in Switzerland.

By Carmen

As of 2021, Switzerland has a population of 8.7 million, making it the 99th largest country in the world by this measure. There are 49.6% males and 50.4% females.

There are 4.6 million people employed in Switzerland, with an unemployment rate of 4.8% – 232,291 people.


Switzerland is the 20th largest economy in the world with a GDP of $720.2bn. Switzerland’s GDP has grown by 23% between 2010 and 2021 and is expected to grow by 12% by 2025.

As of 2021 there are 308,498 students in tertiary education in Switzerland, with 610,329 students in secondary and 539,144 in primary education. Switzerland spent 5% of its GDP on education in 2019.

Switzerland ranked 36th in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report (2020). In the 2019 report it finished 38th. In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report (2019), Switzerland finished fifth, after ranking fifth in 2018.

Public healthcare expenditure totalled $54.7bn and private healthcare expenditure equalled $31.2bn in 2018.

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The largest urban areas in Switzerland are Zurich (1.6 million people), Berne (1 million) and Lausanne (824,208).

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