At a Glance


Switzerland's 15,941 square miles (41,285 square kilometers) cover geographically, linguistically and culturally diverse territory. Within its population of 7.6 million (2011 estimate), German is the majority language (spoken by 63.7%) but counts as one of three official languages, along with French (20.4%) and Italian (6.5%). The workforce of 4.62 million is occupied primarily in services (73.2%), followed by industry (23.4%) and agriculture (3.4%).

Financial Facts

  • Estimated GDP (2010) of US$324.5 billion or US$42,600 per capita
  • GDP grew 2.6% from 2009-2010
  • Services account for 71.2% of GDP
  • Industry generates 27.5% of GDP. Switzerland’s major industries include machinery, chemicals, watches, textiles, precision instruments, tourism, banking, and insurance.
  • Agriculture generates 1.3% of GDP