Switzerland: In-depth PESTLE Insights

This PESTLE country analysis report on Switzerland provides a holistic view of the country, with insightful analysis of current and future issues, supplemented with relevant quantitative data to support trend analysis.


– Understand the political system in Switzerland through analysis of key figures in the country and governance indicators.

– Understand the economic situation in Switzerland through a balanced assessment of core macroeconomic issues.

– Understand customer demographics in Switzerland through analysis of income distribution and the rural-urban split, as well as healthcare and education.

– Understand the technological landscape in Switzerland through analysis of relevant laws and policies, as well as patents data.

– Understand the legal landscape in Switzerland through analysis of the judicial system as well as performance of the legal indicators

– Understand the environmental landscape in Switzerland through analysis of the environmental regulations and the performance of the environmental indicators


– The political landscape section discusses the evolution of the political scenario in Switzerland, as well as the country's economic, social, foreign, and defense policies. The section also discusses the country's performance according to World Bank Governance Indicators.

– The economic landscape section outlines the evolution of Switzerland 's economy, as well as the country's performance in terms of GDP growth, composition by sector (agriculture, industry, and services), fiscal situation, international investment position, monetary situation, credit disbursement, banking sector, and employment."

– The social landscape section analyzes the government's social welfare policies, as well as the country's performance in terms of healthcare, income distribution, and education.

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- What is the outlook in Switzerland in terms of political stability, policies towards business, and the popularity of the government?

- How does Switzerland perform in terms of GDP growth, its fiscal situation, international investment position, monetary situation, and employment?

- How does Switzerland perform in terms of healthcare, income distribution, and education?

- How does Switzerland perform in terms of technology-intensive sectors like IT, life sciences, and R&D expenditure trends?

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1.1. Catalyst

1.2. Summary

1.2.1. Key findings

1.2.2. PESTLE highlights

1.2.3. Key fundamentals


2.1. Key facts

2.1. Geographic location


3.1. Summary

3.2. Political analysis

3.2.1. Overview

3.2.2. Current strengths

3.2.3. Current challenges

3.2.4. Future prospects

3.2.5. Future risks

3.1. Economic analysis

3.1.1. Overview

3.1.1. Current strengths

3.1.2. Current challenges

3.1.3. Future prospects

3.1.4. Future risks

3.1. Social analysis

3.1.1. Overview

3.1.1. Current strengths

3.1.2. Current challenges

3.1.3. Future prospects

3.1.4. Future risks

3.2. Technological analysis

3.2.1. Overview

3.2.1. Current strengths

3.2.2. Current challenges

3.2.3. Future prospects

3.2.4. Future risks

3.3. Legal analysis

3.3.1. Overview

3.3.1. Current strengths

3.3.2. Current challenges

3.3.3. Future prospects

3.3.4. Future risks

3.4. Environmental analysis

3.4.1. Overview

3.4.1. Current strengths

3.4.2. Current challenges

3.4.3. Future prospects

3.4.4. Future risks


4.1. Summary

4.2. Evolution

4.2.1. Pre-1945

4.2.2. 1945-2019

4.3. Structure and policies

4.3.1. Key political figure

4.3.2. Structure of government

4.3.3. Federal government

4.3.4. Key political parties

4.3.5. Swiss People's Party (Schweizerische Volkspartei [SVP])

4.3.6. Social Democratic Party (Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz [SPS])

4.3.7. FDP - The Liberals (FDP.Die Liberalen)

4.3.8. Composition of government:

4.3.9. Key policies

4.4. Performance

4.4.1. Governance indicators

4.5. Outlook


5.1. Summary

5.2. Evolution

5.2.1. Pre-1945

5.2.2. 1945-1990

5.2.3. 1991-2018

5.2.4. Structure and policies

5.2.5. Financial authorities and regulators

5.2.6. SIX Swiss Exchange

5.3. Performance

5.3.1. GDP and growth rate

5.3.2. GDP composition by sector

5.3.3. Fiscal situation

5.3.4. International investment position

5.3.5. Monetary situation: key monetary indicators

5.4. Outlook


6.1. Summary

6.2. Evolution

6.3. Structure and policies

6.3.1. Demographic composition

6.3.1. Education

6.3.2. Healthcare

6.3.3. Social welfare

6.4. Performance

6.4.1. Healthcare

6.4.2. Income distribution

6.4.3. Education

6.5. Outlook


7.1. Summary

7.2. Evolution

7.3. Structure and policies

7.3.1. Intellectual property

7.3.2. Research and development

7.4. Performance

7.4.1. Telecommunications and internet

7.1. Outlook


8.1. Summary

8.2. Evolution

8.3. Structure and policies

8.3.1. Judicial system

8.3.2. Taxation

8.3.3. Labor laws

8.4. Performance

8.4.1. Effectiveness of the legal system

8.5. Outlook


9.1. Summary

9.2. Evolution

9.3. Structure and policies

9.3.1. Environmental regulations

9.3.2. Participation in global efforts, agreements and pacts

9.4. Performance

9.4.1. Environmental impact

9.5. Outlook


10.1. ISO codes of selected countries

10.2. Ask the analyst

10.3. About MarketLine

10.4. Disclaimer

List of Tables

List of Tables

Table 1: Switzerland – Key Fundamentals, 2017-2024f

Table 2: Switzerland – Key Facts, 2020

Table 3: Analysis of Switzerland's Political Landscape

Table 4: Analysis of Switzerland's Economic Landscape

Table 5: Analysis of Switzerland's Social Landscape

Table 6: Analysis of Switzerland's Technological Landscape

Table 7: Analysis of Switzerland's Legal Landscape

Table 8: Analysis of Switzerland's Environmental Landscape

Table 9: Mid-Year Population by Age (as a Percentage of the Total Population), 2019e

Table 10: Patents Granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office, 2014-2019

List of Figures

List of Figures

Figure 1: Map of Switzerland

Figure 2: Switzerland Productivity Comparison, GDP Per Hour Worked, US$, 2015 (PPP)

Figure 3: Trade Openness, Total Trade as a Percentage of GDP, 2010-2019e

Figure 4: House Price Index, 2015=100, 2000-2018

Figure 5: Labor Force Participation Rates by Gender (%), 2000-2019

Figure 6: Part-time Employment Rate (%), 2018

Figure 7: Public Expenditure on Healthcare (Percentage of GDP), 2018

Figure 8: Old-age Dependency Ratio (Percentage of the Working-age Population), 2018-2100

Figure 9: Income Inequality, Gini Index, Score (0-100), 2016

Figure 10: Percentage of Gross Domestic Expenditure on R&D (GERD) Contributed by the Business Enterprise Sector, 2017

Figure 41: Nanotech R&D in the Business Enterprise Sector as a Percentage of Total Business Enterprise R&D, 2017

Figure 12: Direct Government Funding and Tax Support for BERD (% of GDP), 2017

Figure 13: Tax Subsidy Rates on R&D Expenditure (1-B Index, by Firm Size and Profit Scenario), 2019

Figure 14: Product Market Regulation, 2018

Figure 15: Threatened Species as a Percentage of Known Species, Latest Available Data

Figure 56: Switzerland – Key Political Events Timeline

Figure 67: Switzerland – Key Political Figure

Figure 78: Swiss National Council Composition by Number of Seats, 2019

Figure 89: Switzerland's Historical GDP Growth (%), 2008-2019e

Figure 209: GDP and Growth Rate in Switzerland (US$ Billion/%), 2014-2024f

Figure 21: GDP Composition by Sector, 2019e

Figure 22: Agricultural Output of Switzerland (CHF Billion/%), 2014-2019e

Figure 103: Industrial Output of Switzerland (CHF Billion/%), 2014-2019e

Figure 114: Services Output of Switzerland (CHF Billion/%), 2014-2019e

Figure 125: External Trade of Switzerland (US$ Billion), 2015-2019e

Figure 136: Consumer Price Index (CPI) and CPI-based Inflation in Switzerland, 2014-2024f

Figure 27: Unemployment Rate in Switzerland (Thousands/%), 2014-2024f

Figure 148: Major Religions in Switzerland, 2017

Figure 159: Expenditure on Healthcare in Switzerland (US$ Billion/% of GDP), 2009-2018

Figure 30: Expenditure on Education in Switzerland (US$ Billion/% of GDP), 2011-2016

Figure 31: Internet Users in Switzerland (Millions/%), 2014-2019e

Figure 16: Carbon Dioxide Emissions in Switzerland (Million Tonnes/%), 2007-2017


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