The Region

Life expectancy in Switzerland is among the world’s highest; a reflection of the country’s fantastic quality of life and safe environment. Abundant nature and a wealth of cultural and recreational opportunities means that tourists and qualified expats alike are drawn to Switzerland, where the average monthly income of CHF 7,304 (70 percent of which is disposable income) means that the country has the world’s biggest purchasing power.

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Safety & Quality of Life

Switzerland is a very safe country and offers an extremely high quality of life. Switzerland receives high scores, in both cities and rural regions, for important criteria such as income, healthcare, climate and geography, political stability, safety and security, individual freedom, and family and community life. The Swiss cities of Zurich, Bern and Geneva have for years occupied the top spots in global rankings of cities compiled by the global consultancy firm Mercer.  

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Income & Cost of Living

The average Swiss household has 2.23 inhabitants with a combined monthly earned income of 7,304 Swiss francs. Together with income from other sources and transfer income, gross income totals 9,946 Swiss francs. After deduction of social security contributions and taxes, approximately 70% remains as disposable income for consumption. According to a UBS study, Switzerland is in first place with the worldʼs highest purchasing power, i.e. the highest real disposable income when compared with prices. 

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A Magnet for Talent

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Culture & Recreation

Set against a stunning backdrop of mountains and lakes, Western Switzerland provides the ideal setting for a perfect work-life balance. The region’s historic cities are renowned for their culture and charm. The federal capital, Bern, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as are the magnificent region of Lavaux with its terraced vineyards, and the watchmaking cities of Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds. Western Switzerland is also the perfect place for people who love sports and the outdoors. Summer or winter, the legendary Swiss mountains invite you to enjoy the stunning surroundings. The cultural life is characterized by diversity in a multilingual, cosmopolitan environment. Museums, foundations, galleries, festivals, and independent bodies promote both Swiss and international art. Switzerland hosts numerous cultural events with international appeal: the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, and the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, to name just a few. 

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Why do companies invest in Western Switzerland?

Flawless Operations

Skilled & Flexible Talent

Vibrant Life Sciences Environment

Ease of Setting Up a Business

Proficient Pharma Market

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