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Switzerland

Official Title:
Swiss Confederation


General Information

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
5-year trade
Canada - Switzerland
Year Exports Imports
2009 $1,535,808,702 $2,943,388,391
2010 $1,141,404,695 $3,162,002,174
2011 $852,671,434 $3,601,807,790
2012 $1,757,562,606 $3,967,278,141
2013 $1,502,249,667 $3,892,113,050
Product trade (2013)
21 HS Chapters
Canada - Switzerland
Chapter Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $25,967,436 $29,985,969
02 Veg. Prod. $4,235,211 $19,982,794
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $464,935 $41,104
04 Food Prod. $8,516,077 $169,257,759
05 Mineral Prod. $71,616,003 $26,665,419
06 Chemical Prod. $138,142,178 $2,305,791,167
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $5,822,741 $33,942,510
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $595,498 $1,576,799
09 Wood Prod. $1,027,343 $7,577,373
10 Paper Prod. $11,103,514 $11,000,298
11 Textiles Prod. $5,625,949 $22,926,685
12 Dress Access. $733,399 $856,234
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $482,362 $24,182,671
14 Precious Metals/stones $872,697,269 $56,495,767
15 Base Metal Prod. $10,226,011 $73,133,487
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $157,832,984 $413,632,317
17 Vehicles and Equip. $72,476,549 $96,450,596
18 Specialized Inst. $38,708,750 $566,396,660
19 Arms & Ammunition $756,245 $1,451,027
20 Misc. Articles $10,119,085 $11,327,714
21 Antiques $5,182,334 $1,740,525

Capital: Bern
Population (million): 8.003
Total Area: 41,290km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.83 Swiss franc (CHF)(2014)
National Holiday: August 1, Confederation day
Language(s): German, French, Italian, Romansch


Political Information

Type of State:
Confederation

Type of Government:
Parliamentary democracy. Bicameral Federal Assembly with a 46-seat Council of States (Ständerat) (upper house) and a 200-seat National Council (Nationalrat ). The Federal Council (cabinet) consists of 7 members elected by the Federal Assembly (both Houses). The President of the Federal Council is both Head of State and Head of Government. Administrative divisions: 26 cantons. Governing coalition: Social Democrats (SD), Free Democratic Party (FDP), Swiss People’s Party (SVP), Christian Democratic People’s Party (CVP), Conservative Democratic Party (CDP).

Head of State:
President (SD) Simonetta Sommaruga

Head of Government:
President (SD) Simonetta Sommaruga

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Didier Burkhalter (FDP)
Finances: Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf (PBD)
Economic Affairs: Johann Schneider-Ammann (FDP)

Main Political Parties:
Swiss People’s Party (SVP), Social Democrats (SD), Christian Democratic People’s Party (CVP), Free Democratic Party (FDP), Green Party (Grünen), Conservative Democratic Party (CDP). National Council: SVP (54); SD (46); FDP (30); CVP (28); Grünen (15); CDP (9) Council of States: CVP (13); SD (11); FDP (11); SVP (5); Grünen (2); CDP (1)

Elections:
President: 1 year term. Members of Council of States and of the National Council: 4 year terms; Next: 2015


Economic Information (2013)

Comparative figures
Type Switzerland Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 669.89 1881.42
GDP per capita: ($) 83707.49 53593.83
GDP growth rate: (%) 1.93 2.02
Inflation: (%) -0.22 0.96
Unemployment: (%) 3.16 7.08

Trade and Investment (2013)

Canadian exports to country: $1,502,249,667
Canadian imports from country: $3,892,113,050
FDI in Canada: $18660 million
CDI in Switzerland: $6913 million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Beat Nobs

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Jennifer MacIntyre


February 2015
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2010-02-19