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Switzerland

Country Profile

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Major Cities

  1. Zurich
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Major Languages

  1. German
  2. French
  3. Italian
  4. Serbo-Croatian
  5. Albanian
  6. Portuguese
  7. Spanish
  8. English
  9. Romansch
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Population

  1. 7,655,628
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Currency

  1. Swiss francs (CHF)
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Climate

  1. Cold
  2. Cloudy
  3. Rainy/snowy winters
  4. Cool to warm
  5. Humid summers with occasional showers
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Major religions

  1. Roman Catholic
  2. Protestant
  3. Muslim
  4. Orthodox
  5. Christian

Immigration Data

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Work Study Visa

  1. As Switzerland is not a member of the European Union (EU), different rules are in place when applying for visas and work permits. The country admits employed foreign citizens on the basis of a dual system, Employment for students: EU students are allowed a job for a maximum of 15 hours a week without a work permit (for as long as their student permit lasts). Short-term employment: EU nationals working in Switzerland for less than three months a year do not need a work permit but must register with the authorities. Long-term employment: EU nationals working for more than 90 days a year will require a work permit. There are many different ways to apply.
  2. http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home.html/
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Rate of immigration

  1. 1.27

Tourism

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Key Tourist Attractions

  1. No Information
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Major Festivals

  1. No Information
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Number of Annual Tourists

  1. No Information

Life

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Quality of Life Index

  1. 8.068
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Population with a Higher Education

  1. 233488
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Cost of Internet Access (USD Per Mbit/s)

  1. 7.19
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Medicare Public/Private

  1. Insurance Mandate
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Average cost of a Higher Education

  1. No Information

Annual Economic Facts

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Employment Rate

  1. 97.9%
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Main Industries

  1. Machinery
  2. Chemicals
  3. Watches
  4. Textiles
  5. Precision instruments
  6. Tourism
  7. Banking
  8. Insurance
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Major Companies

  1. Glencore International
  2. Nestlé
  3. Zurich Financial Services
  4. Novartis
  5. Credit Suisse Group
  6. Roche Group
  7. UBS
  8. Alliance Boots
  9. ABB
  10. Xstrata
  11. Swiss Reinsurance
  12. Adecco Group
  13. Migros Group
  14. Holcim
  15. Petroplus Holdings
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Minimum Wage

  1. none, however, a majority of the voluntary collective bargaining agreements contain clauses on minimum compensation, ranging from 2,200 to 4,200 francs per month for unskilled workers and from 2,800 to 5,300 francs per month for skilled employees


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