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Switzerland – A Peaceful, Prosperous and Charming Nation

World’s major travel destination

Upper Engadine Valley, St. Moritz, Switzerland (by Biovit, via Wikimedia Commons)

Upper Engadine Valley, St. Moritz, Switzerland (by Biovit, via Wikimedia Commons)

As an independent and neutral nation, Switzerland is a peaceful, prosperous and stable modern market economy with a per capita GDP among the highest in the world as well as low unemployment rate. It is also a beautiful country with breathtaking scenery and one of the world’s major business travel, international conference and leisure vacation destinations.

Switzerland is located in Central Europe, east of France and north of Italy, with total land area about 39,997 square kilometers, slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey of the United States.

Map of Switzerland

Map of Switzerland

Switzerland has 8,061,516 (July 2014 estimate) population, including German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6%. German, French, Italian, and Romansch are all national and official languages in Switzerland. About 64.9% of Swiss people speak German, French 22.6%, Italian 8.3%, Serbo-Croatian 2.5%, Albanian 2.6%, Portuguese 3.4%, Spanish 2.2%, English 4.6%, Romansch 0.5%, other 5.1%.

Switzerland Economy – Wealthiest and Competitiveness

The Swiss Federal Palace, Bern, Switzerland (by PazitPolak2, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Swiss Federal Palace (German: Bundeshaus), Bern, Switzerland (by PazitPolak2, via Wikimedia Commons)

Stability, transparent, infrastructure, efficiency, low corporate tax rates, skilled labor force

Switzerland’s modern market economy benefits from a highly skilled labor force and a highly developed service sector, led by financial services, and a manufacturing industry that specializes in high-technology and knowledge-based production. Its economic and political stability, transparent legal system, civil liberties, human development, excellent education and scientific research, exceptional infrastructure, efficient capital markets, and low corporate tax rates also make Switzerland one of the world’s most competitive economies.

Most competitive economy in the world

The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report currently ranks Switzerland’s economy as the most competitive in the world, while ranked by the European Union as Europe’s most innovative country. Switzerland is one of the wealthiest country in Europe as well as in the world.

United Nations & international organizations

The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) is the second-largest of the four major office sites of the United Nations.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and many other United Nations and international organizations have also hosted offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

Geneva is the host city of the headquarters of the World Health Organization(WHO).

Besides WHO, Geneva also hosts many inter-governmental organizations, such as World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

CERN – The birthplace of the World Wide Web

Tim Berners-Lee's original World Wide Web browser in 1993

Tim Berners-Lee’s original World Wide Web browser in 1993

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (French: Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire), known as CERN, is a European research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. Established in 1954, the organization is based in the northwest suburbs of Geneva on the Franco–Swiss border, and has 21 European member states.

CERN is also the birthplace of the World Wide Web.

The World Wide Web began as a CERN project called ENQUIRE, initiated by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 and Robert Cailliau in 1990. Based on the concept of hypertext, the project was aimed at facilitating sharing information among researchers. The first website went on-line in 1991. On 30 April 1993 CERN published a statement that made World Wide Web technology available on a royalty free basis, allowing the web to flourish.

Recently, CERN has become a centre for the development of grid computing, hosting projects including the Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) and LHC Computing Grid. It also hosts the CERN Internet Exchange Point (CIXP), one of the two main internet exchange points in Switzerland.

Higher life expectancy in the world

WHO Headquarters, Geneva

WHO Headquarters, Geneva (by Thorkild Tylleskar, via Wikimedia Commons)

According to the “World Health Statistics 2014” published in May 2014 by WHO (UN World Health Organization), in today world, Swiss male citizens have the second-highest life expectancy and female citizens have the third-highest life expectancy.

Zurich and Geneva have also been ranked among the top cities with the highest quality of life in the world.

Swiss francs (CHF)

Swiss francs (CHF) per US dollar exchange rate is about 0.96 in February 2015.

Swiss telecommunications & Internet

Switzerland has highly developed telecommunications infrastructure with excellent domestic and international services. Switzerland has about 6.152 million (2009 estimate data) Internet users.

Switzerland Industry – Innovative and High Productive

Augustinergasse, Zurich, Switzerland (by Roland zh, via Wikimedia Commons)

Augustinergasse, Zurich, Switzerland (by Roland zh, via Wikimedia Commons)

Manufacturing and service sectors

Switzerland’s most important economic sector is manufacturing. Manufacturing consists largely of the production of specialist chemicals, health and pharmaceutical goods, textiles, scientific and precision measuring instruments, watches, and musical instruments. The service sector, including banking, insurance, tourism, and international organisations, another important industry for Switzerland.

Home to major multinational corporations

Novartis human resources building, Basel, Switzerland

Novartis human resources building, Basel, Switzerland

Switzerland is home to many large multinational corporations. The largest Swiss companies by revenue are Glencore, Gunvor, Nestlé, Novartis, Hoffmann-La Roche, ABB, Mercuria Energy Group and Adecco. Other major corporations in Switzerland are UBS AG, Zurich Financial Services, Credit Suisse, Barry Callebaut, Swiss Re, Tetra Pak, The Swatch Group and Swiss International Airlines. Therefore, Switzerland is ranked as having one of the most powerful economies in the world.

ABB’s Decathlon data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system (photo: ABB)

ABB’s Decathlon data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system (photo: ABB)

Among these multinational corporations, ABB, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, is a leader in robotics, power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people worldwide.

Home to luxury watchmakers

Rolex World Headquarter, Geneva, Switzerland

Rolex World Headquarter, Geneva, Switzerland

Rolex Watch

Rolex Watch

Switzerland is one of the world’s largest watch manufacturers. In terms of value, it is responsible for about half of all world’s watch production.

With headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland since 1919, Rolex is one of the world’s most powerful global brands, and the largest single luxury watch brand, producing about 2,000 watches per day, with estimated 2012 revenues of US$7.4 billion.

Omega Logo

Omega SA is a Swiss luxury watchmaker based in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Omega watches were the choice of NASA and the first watch on the Moon in 1969. Omega has been the official timekeeping device of the Olympic Games since 1932. James Bond has worn it in films since 1995; other famous Omega wearers, past and present, include John F. Kennedy, Prince William, and Buzz Aldrin.

Beautiful Cities with Tourist Attractions

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— Geneva

Geneva is a peace-loving international city and home to the multinational World Health Organization (WHO) and many other international organizations. The Old City with narrow cobblestone lanes, the Palais des Nations, the Red Cross Museum, the Jet d’Eau, the flower clock, the Reformation Monument, the Watch and Clock Museum are some sightseeing highlights that attract worldwide tourists every year to visit this famous city.

Hotel De La Paix, Geneva, Switzerland

Hotel De La Paix, Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva luxury hotels

There are many luxury hotels in Geneva for business travel, leisure vacation or international conferences. The Hotel de la Paix, located in the centre of Geneva and right on the Lake of Geneva, close to the main sights and business district.

The Lausanne Palace And Spa, located in the heart of Lausanne, offers a magnificent view of Lake Geneva and the Alps.

— Zurich

Lake Zurich, Switzerland (by Roland zh, via Wikimedia Commons)

Lake Zurich, Switzerland (by Roland zh, via Wikimedia Commons)

Zurich, the Europe’s financial capital, is a charming lakeside city.

With 1.5 million population, the Greater Zurich Area is home to 150,000 companies and is one of the most important economic centers in the world.

Lucerne is a medieval city surrounded by snow-capped mountains and Alpine villages. This beautiful lakeside city offers tourists some attractions including Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge, and opportunity to wander through the narrow streets shopping for Swiss watches and chocolate.

Zurich luxury hotels

There are many luxury hotels in Zurich – the charming lakeside city of Switzerland.

The Hotel Eden Au Lac Zurich is a luxury hotel located 15 kilometers from Zurich International Airport and is situated on Zurich’s magnificent Lake Promenade, near the heart of the city.

The Arabella Sheraton Atlantis Hotel is a luxury hotel located on the west bank in Zurich, and twenty minutes from the St. Gallen/Winterthur/Zurich-Kloten International Airport and nine kilometers South of the center of Zurich.

— Bern

The Zytglogge Clock Tower, Bern, Switzerland (by Cristo Vlahos, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Zytglogge Clock Tower, Bern, Switzerland (by Cristo Vlahos, via Wikimedia Commons)

Bern is the capital of Switzerland (Swiss Confederation) and seat of the national parliament and government.

As a beautiful and one of the world’s top cities with best quality of life, Bern offers visitors many wonderful historical, cultural, leisure and entertainment attractions. The historic old town in the centre of Bern has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other tourist attractions in Bern include the Clock Tower (Zytglogge), the Rose Garden, the House of Parliament, the Cathedral of Bern, Einstein House, the Historisches Museum, the City of Fountains, the BearPark, the Zentrum Paul Klee and the Botanic Garden.

Bern luxury hotels

Hotel Schweizerhof Bern is centrally located in Bern, minutes from Bern Art Museum and Bundeshaus (The Federal Palace of Switzerland). This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of French Church and Theater am Zytglogge.

Hotel Bellevue Palace is located in the heart of Bern, steps from Clock Tower and Bundeshaus and is within close proximity of Theater am Zytglogge and Zahringerbrunnen.

— Zermatt

Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt, the popular resort beneath the Matterhorn, retains the atmosphere of a traditional Swiss village with window boxes and wooden chalets. From here, visitors have opportunity to see spectacular Matterhorn panoramic views by taking a ride on the Gornergrat railway.

— Montreux

Montreux, on the shore of Lake Geneva, is one of Switzerland’s most popular international resorts. Nearby Chateau de Chillon is a famous 12th century castle with stunning lakeside setting.