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Country Forecast Switzerland Updater

  • Published: August 2014
  • Region: Switzerland
  • 16 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) remains the largest party in parliament despite a slight loss of support in the 2011 general election. Its main rival, the left-wing Social Democratic Party (SP), is the second-largest party. Both are present in government, along with the Radical Democratic Party-Liberals (FDP), the Christian Democratic Party (CVP) and the smaller Conservative Democratic Party (BDP). The Economist Intelligence Unit expects the five-party governing coalition to serve its term through to late 2015.

The government will focus on improving the business environment and implementing social security reforms to make public-sector financing more sustainable. It will continue to adapt to changing international norms in relation to banking secrecy, which has been relaxed substantially. The phase-out of nuclear power will start in the forecast period. Fiscal policy will be slightly expansionary, but the budget balance should record slight surpluses in 2014-18.

Switzerland's EU relations will be strained by the success of a 2014 referendum on limiting immigration from the EU. The EU has dismissed the government's draft proposals for implementing the decision READ MORE >

Country Forecast Switzerland Updater

Country forecast overview: Highlights

Country forecast overview: Key indicators

Country forecast overview: Business environment rankings

Country forecast overview: Switzerland's business environment at a glance
Policy towards private enterprise and competition
Policy towards foreign investment
Foreign trade and exchange controls
The labour market

Fact sheet

Outlook for 2014-18: Political stability

Outlook for 2014-18: Election watch

Outlook for 2014-18: International relations

Outlook for 2014-18: Policy trends

Outlook for 2014-18: Fiscal policy

Outlook for 2014-18: Monetary policy

Outlook for 2014-18: Economic growth

Outlook for 2014-18: Inflation

Outlook for 2014-18: Exchange rates

Outlook for 2014-18: External sector

Data summary: Global outlook

Data summary: Gross domestic product, current market prices

Data summary: Gross domestic product, at constant prices

Data summary: Growth and productivity

Data summary: Economic structure, income and market size

Data summary: Fiscal indicators

Data summary: Monetary indicators

Data summary: Employment, wages and prices

Data summary: Current account and terms of trade

Data summary: Foreign direct investment

Data sources and definitions
Global data
Domestic data

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