Business Dynamics: Switzerland

January 2022

The Swiss business environment ranks among the leading globally, thanks to its stable economy, transparent legal system, sound financial sector and advanced infrastructure. Despite abolishing preferential tax treatment for foreign companies, the recent tax reform helped to align the Swiss tax system with international standards and foster R&D activities. The country benefits from a highly skilled and productive labour force, yet an ageing population creates shortages in an already-expensive

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Business Dynamics: Switzerland


Business environment remains highly competitive in Switzerland
Swiss tax reform helps to align the country’s tax system with international standards while maintaining competitiveness
Switzerland continues to benefit from one of the most developed and stable financial sectors
Swiss labour is highly educated and qualified, yet skills shortages are a growing issue
Innovative underground cargo transport network to boost Swiss logistics capacities
Switzerland maintains strong position in ICT adoption, innovation and R&D investment
Chart 1 Operational and Legal Environment Key Indicators
Chart 2 Index of Economic Freedom Ranking by Pillar in Switzerland and Regional Comparison 2021
Chart 3 Index of Economic Freedom Ranking 2016-2021
Chart 4 Index of Economic Freedom: Judicial Effectiveness Pillar Rank in Switzerland and Regional Comparison 2017-2021
Chart 5 Index of Economic Freedom: Government Integrity Pillar Rank in Switzerland and Regional Comparison 2016-2021
Chart 6 Corruption Perceptions Ranking: Switzerland and Regional Comparison 2015-2020
Chart 7 Key Financial and Investment Indicators
Chart 8 Index of Economic Freedom: Property Rights Pillar Rank in Switzerland and Regional Comparison 2016-2021
Chart 9 Bank Claims on the Private Sector as % of GDP 2016-2021
Chart 10 Bank Nonperforming Loans to Total Gross Loans 2016-2021
Chart 11 Key Skills and Labour Indicators
Chart 12 Population Aged 15+ with Higher Education 2016-2021
Chart 13 Education Indicators 2021
Chart 14 Number of University Graduates by Programme 2021
Chart 15 Employment by Age 2021
Chart 16 Employment by Gender 2021
Chart 17 Youth Unemployment Rate 2016-2021
Chart 18 Labour Structure Change 2016-2021
Chart 19 Labour Structure Comparison 2021
Chart 20 Self Employed as % of Total Employed Population 2021
Chart 21 Index of Economic Freedom: Labour Pillar Rank in Switzerland and Regional Comparison 2016-2021
Chart 22 Wage per Hour in Manufacturing Sector 2016-2021
Chart 23 Labour Market Regulations in Switzerland and Regional Comparison 2021
Chart 24 Key Infrastructure Indicators
Chart 25 Logistics Performance Index Scores by Pillar in Switzerland and Regional Comparison 2021
Chart 26 Logistics Performance Index Ranking for Switzerland and Regional Comparison 2016-2021
Chart 27 Transportation Mode Indicators in Switzerland and Regional Comparison
Chart 28 Road Infrastructure 2021
Chart 29 Innovation and Digitalisation Key Indicators
Chart 30 Network Readiness Ranking by Pillar in Switzerland and Regional Comparison 2021
Chart 31 Network Readiness Ranking for Switzerland and Regional Comparison 2019-2021
Chart 32 Network Readiness Ranking: Technology Pillar for Switzerland and Regional Comparison 2019-2021
Chart 33 Intellectual Property: Switzerland Compared to Selected Regional Peers 2021
Index of Economic Freedom 2021
Logistics Performance Index (LPI) 2021
Network Readiness Index (NRI) 2021

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