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Switzerland Continues to Score High Marks in Foreign Direct Investment Criteria


New York, November 30 – For the second consecutive year Switzerland scored No. 1 in the World Economic Forum’s “Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011,” reports Mario Brossi North American senior representative for Switzerland Trade and Investment Promotion.  Sweden, Singapore and the U.S. followed in rankings calculated from both publicly available data and the Executive Opinion Survey polling 13,500 business leaders in 139 economies, Mr. Brossi said. Swiss rankings in other “scorecards” released in 2010:The 2010 Environmental Performance Index ranks Switzerland 2nd after Iceland among 163 countries based on 25 performance indicators tracked across ten policy categories.

  • 1st in Europe in the Heritage Foundation’s 2010 Index of Economic Freedom covering 183 countries.
  • 1st in the European Innovation Scoreboard issued by the European Union.
  • Zurich ranks 8th and Geneva 9th in the 2010 “Global Financial Services Index” prepared by the Z/Yen Group.  London is the only other European city in the top 10.
  • 4th globally in The Global Information Technology Report 2009-2010, published by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with INSEAD.

Switzerland also received high marks in the July-August issue of Business Facilities 2010 Rankings Report

  • International Global Competitiveness / Foreign Direct Investment - #1
  • International Quality of Life - #2
  • International Information Technology Leaders - #4
  • International Logistics Leaders - #6
  • International Most Wired Nation - #7

And according to a survey published by SwissInfo Swiss companies are ranked as the most innovative in Europe, dispelling the myth that the country's ideas often fail to find commercial success at home. Research by the KOF Swiss Economic Institute reveals that innovation really does translate into cash.“The attractiveness of Switzerland as an international business location is a key reason why companies select it for a European, EMEA or Global headquarters site and for research and manufacturing operations,” Mr. Brossi commented.  “All in all some 7,000 companies worldwide have operations of various sizes in Switzerland.”Contact: John Williamson +908 730-9622

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