The Swiss cities of Zurich and Geneva have the highest take home wages in the world.
Switzerland is the 9th most economically free country in the world according to the Heritage Foundation’s 2009 Index of Economic Freedom.
Switzerland ranks #4 on IMD’s World Competitiveness Yearbook 2009 scoreboard.
Switzerland is home to 4 times as many Fortune Global 500 companies per capita than the United States. The Fortune Global 500 companies based in Switzerland are Nestle, UBS, Credit Suisse, Roche Group, Novartis, ABB, Zurich Financial Services, Adecco, Alliance Boots, Petroplus Holdings, Xstrata, Migros, Holcim, Swiss Reinsurance, and Tyco International.
Five Swiss brands were included in Interbrand’s Best Global Brands, which includes the world’s 100 most well known brands. The Swiss brands that made the list were, Nescafe, Nestle, Rolex, UBS, and Cartier.
Switzerland is neutral in international affairs.
According to the Tax Foundation, the Swiss combined corporate income tax rate is 21.17%. That’s lower than both the OECD average of 26.29 and the U.S. rate of 39.54%.
The World Economic Forum ranked Switzerland the second most competitive economy in the world in 2008.
The Economist Magazine ranked Switzerland as the least risky country in which to do business in 2009.
The Economist Magazine ranked the Swiss government as the world’s seventh most stable.