Imports$294.1 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$312.5 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)0.2% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate3.1% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$43,900 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate2.7% (2010 est.)
Internet users6.152 million (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular9.527 million (2009)
Population growth rate0.199% (2012 est.)
Population7,655,628 (July 2012 est.)
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....
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....
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 ...
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