Übersicht

At a Glance

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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