Switzerland : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook


$294.1 billion (2011 est.)
$246.2 billion (2010 est.)


$312.5 billion (2011 est.)
$258.5 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

0.2% (2011 est.)
0.7% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

3.1% (2011 est.)
3.9% (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$43,900 (2011 est.)
$43,400 (2010 est.)
$42,500 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

2.7% (2010 est.)
-1.9% (2009 est.)
1.9% (2008 est.)

Internet users

6.152 million (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

9.527 million (2009)

Population growth rate

0.199% (2012 est.)


7,655,628 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons.

In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three.

The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499.

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Economic overview

Switzerland is a peaceful, prosperous, and modern market economy with low unemployment, a highly skilled labor force, and a per capita GDP among the highest in the world.

Switzerland's economy benefits from a highly developed service sector, led by financial services, and a manufacturing industry that specializes in high-technology, knowledge-based production.

The Swiss have brought their economic practices largely into conformity with the EU's, in order to enhance their international competitiveness, but some trade protectionism remains, particularly for its small agricultural sector.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Forecast Switzerland April 2015 Updater

Country Forecast Switzerland April 2015 Updater

  • $ 635
  • Country report
  • April 2015
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

The right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) remains the largest party in parliament despite a slight loss of support at the 2011 general election. Its main rival, the left-wing Social Democratic Party ...

  • Countries : Switzerland, Europe


Switzerland - ISA Country Report

Switzerland - ISA Country Report

  • $ 99
  • Country report
  • April 2015
  • by ISA

This report contains detailed forecasts and analysis for Switzerland, including trade and investment analysis, economic forecasts, political risk assessments and demographic trend analysis. Each ISA Country ...

  • Countries : Switzerland

Oxford Economics

Country Economic Forecasts > Switzerland

Country Economic Forecasts > Switzerland

  • $ 185
  • Country report
  • March 2015
  • by Oxford Economics

The economy is still feeling the impact of the SNB's surprise decision in January to abandon the CHF/euro exchange rate ceiling. The effects of the immediate and sizeable appreciation are already visible ...

  • Countries : Switzerland

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