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The Swiss chemical and pharmaceutical industry employs 200,000 people abroad - more than at home.

The chemical and pharmaceutical industry is one of Switzerland's major business sectors. More than three quarters of its products are life-science related, highlighting a trend towards innovative high-value specialty products. The industry represents around a third of all Swiss exports, worth more than SFr55 billion in 2005.

SFr100 billion: the combined revenues of the ten biggest Swiss chemical and pharmaceutical firms.

900% growth of exports of pharmaceuticals, vitamins and diagnostics from 1980 to 2004.

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