Switzerland is one of the most attractive countries in the world to live in. It also offers an excellent business environment. An ideal combination of political and economic stability, a clean and safe environment and relatively low tax rates make it the ultimate choice for business and residence. Investors and entrepreneurs as well as persons of independent means would normally have no problem obtaining a residence permit.
Throughout the world, made in Switzerland stands for products and services that live up to the highest expectations and quality standards. Many of the world's major companies have chosen Switzerland as the location for their global, European or regional headquarters, their international finance companies or research facilities. By establishing your business in Switzerland, you benefit from the excellent reputation that Switzerland enjoys.
Switzerland is keen to attract not only large corporations but also small and medium sized enterprises and private entrepreneurs. Switzerland is business-friendly by tradition and offers a solution for every need and expectation. Its 26 cantons offer companies a wide range of opportunities. The advantages associated with Switzerland are complemented 26 times over by other advantages specific to each of these locations.
Switzerland is often perceived as a very expensive country and accessible only to wealthy individuals and large companies. However the overall cost of living and doing business in Switzerland compares very favourably with Germany, France, the Netherlands or the USA. What counts is what you get: State-of-the-art transport, communications, energy supplies and waste disposal systems cost no more in Switzerland than the price paid elsewhere for traffic congestion and environmental degradation.
The Swiss tax system is very much in line with the country's reputation as a centre for international trade and finance. Many tax privileges have been introduced in order to entice foreign investment in Switzerland, while there are very few restrictions on Swiss investment abroad. Switzerland also has an extensive network of treaties for the avoidance of double taxation.