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Switzerland is a confederation of 26 states with over 2,500 municipalities. Bern is the capital and seat for federal authorities, while the country's economic centres are Zurich and Geneva, rated within the world top ten for their high quality of life.

About Switzerland

Switzerland is a confederation of 26 states with over 2,500 municipalities. Bern is the capital and seat for federal authorities, while the country's economic centres are Zurich and Geneva, rated within the world top ten for their high quality of life.

The country has a long history of neutrality and hosts many international, humanitarian and non-governmental organisations such as the Red Cross, World Economic Forum, The United Nations as well as World Organisations such as The World Trade, Labour, Intellectual Property etc. Switzerland is not a member of the European Union but it is a part of the Schengen Agreement and the EEC.

About Geneva


Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland behind Zurich and one of the most international cities in Europe with approximately 40% foreign influence. The main industries represented include banking, inter- and non-governmental administration, technology and tourism.

Geneva has maintained its distinction over the centuries as a leading international financial centre. Structures governed by laws of other jurisdictions are professionally administrated in this multi-lingual and multi-cultural region.

Whilst Zurich caters mostly for institutional clientele, Geneva has always appealed to the private sector where a large part of the world's private banking wealth is serviced. It is renowned for the quality of services provided, its discreet attitude, strong currency and political stability.

Currency - The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF), the Euro is also accepted in many locations.

Language - Switzerland has four official languages: French, Swiss German, Italian and Romansh. French is the predominant language spoken in Geneva, but most locals will speak much more than one language.

Taxation
 - Taxes are levied not only by the confederation but also at a cantonal and municipal level. Nevertheless profits after tax are often higher in Switzerland compared to other countries because of the low Swiss tax rates. 

 

 

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