Work Life

How hard is it to get a work permit in Switzerland? What do foreigners need to do to invest in Swiss property? And what's a fair wage for a manager? A practical look inside the Swiss working world.

Employment and placement agencies

Whether you are a European or a third-state national looking to work in Switzerland, the search for a professional post should begin here. ...

Self-employment

While Swiss entrepreneurial spirit runs deep across the country, setting out on your own as a self-employed foreigner requires permits and permission.

Buying property

In the most practical terms, investing in Switzerland can mean simply owning a holiday home, starting a business or buying stocks. Here's what you ...

Starting a business

The Swiss Constitution allows anyone, including foreigners, to run a business in Switzerland or to form a company or have a financial interest in one.

Chambers of commerce

Switzerland has numerous chambers charged with promoting better business ties between Switzerland and the outside world. There are associations ...

Swiss work culture

Swiss workers put in about 42 to 45 hours a week on the job, if they are working full time; but an increasing number choose to work less, often ...

Agriculture

Switzerland is traditionally an agricultural country. When neutral Switzerland was isolated during the Second World War, the Swiss farmers fed the ...

Industry

In global terms Switzerland is a political lightweight, but as a trading nation the country stands among the ranks of medium-sized economies. In ...