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Country Forecast Switzerland Updater

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

After the 2011 general election, the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) remains the largest party in parliament despite a slight loss of support, ahead of its main rival, the left-wing Social Democratic Party. The political centre is more fragmented, as the Green Liberals and the Conservative Democratic Party gained votes at the expense of the established centrist parties. The five-party government coalition is expected 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 address international pressure on 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 will remain in favour of a relationship with the EU based on bilateral, issue-specific agreements. However, a successful referendum in February 2014 to limit immigration from the EU-running directly against the principle of free movement of people enshrined 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
Taxes
Financing
The labour market
Infrastructure

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
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