Switzerland holds only 0.1% of the world’s population, but it remains a leader in wealth, exports and life sciences.
As a smaller country, Switzerland frequently looks beyond its borders, building strong international relationships and focusing heavily on exports.
Currently its largest export sector is chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech, accounting for 41% of total Swiss exports.
Switzerland also houses several large multinational corporations, such as Nestle, Novartis and Sygenta, who use the region as a hub for their global networks of R&D collaborations and manufacturing.
The Swiss growth strategy is largely underpinned by an emphasis on constant innovation and internationalism. A key focus is given to collaboration with foreign researchers and also to growth in developing and transitioning countries.