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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 $1,187,944,798 $3,445,508,782
2010 $1,535,808,702 $2,943,388,391
2011 $1,141,404,695 $3,162,002,174
2012 $852,668,266 $3,577,383,235
2013 $1,757,559,756 $3,967,526,386
Product trade (2013)
21 HS Chapters
Canada - Switzerland
Chapter Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $29,183,326 $23,432,825
02 Veg. Prod. $4,848,585 $28,278,943
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $24,839 $75,302
04 Food Prod. $6,749,935 $148,876,139
05 Mineral Prod. $824,636 $28,687,845
06 Chemical Prod. $122,305,168 $2,362,082,020
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $4,988,488 $25,651,608
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $560,321 $1,545,207
09 Wood Prod. $2,420,679 $8,402,216
10 Paper Prod. $6,430,239 $11,373,133
11 Textiles Prod. $6,255,166 $21,087,464
12 Dress Access. $546,647 $1,064,992
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $391,394 $16,696,761
14 Precious Metals/stones $1,091,435,949 $164,788,519
15 Base Metal Prod. $14,639,728 $63,778,177
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $160,002,698 $400,717,063
17 Vehicles and Equip. $98,567,260 $107,466,634
18 Specialized Inst. $31,941,817 $523,391,595
19 Arms & Ammunition $1,180,224 $1,855,846
20 Misc. Articles $7,802,991 $8,472,907
21 Antiques $5,136,951 $818,950

Capital: Bern
Population (million): 8.003
Total Area: 41,290km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.9 Swiss franc (CHF)(2013)
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 Didier Burkhalter (FDP)

Head of Government:
President Didier Burkhalter (FDP)

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: $1,757,559,756
Canadian imports from country: $3,967,526,386
FDI in Canada: $18660 million
CDI in Switzerland: $6913 million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Beat Nobs

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Jennifer MacIntyre


October 2014
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2010-02-19