Economic Trivia

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

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2016): Germany, United States, and United Kingdom
Top 3 Exported Goods (2016): Precious Stones & Metals, Pharmaceuticals, and Industrial Machinery

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Machinery; Chemicals; Watches; Textiles

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $526,449,749,808 (2016)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 1.287% (2016)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $62,881 (2016)
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GDP Country Rank 37/194 (2016)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) -0.435% (2016)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $604,546,000 (2011)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 28.8% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 3.244% (2016)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 17.96% (2015)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $70,631,769,655 (2016)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 4,912,385 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 3.11% (2016)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 19.34% (2015)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 75.28% (2016)
Unemployment Rate 4.582% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $343,372,842,432 (2015)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $421,947,125,306 (2015)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 86.671% (2016)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) ($17,717,098,083) (2016)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $112,334,155,325 (2016)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Switzerland’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank