Switzerland is situated in Western-Central Europe, and is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and to the east.
While the Alps occupy the greater part of Switzerland the Swiss population of approximately eight million people is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are to be found: among them are the two global cities and economic centres Zürich and Geneva.
The Swiss economy has a reputation for being incredibly competitive and innovative, and its international figurehead is the financial centre of Zurich.
Geneva is a global city, a financial center, and worldwide center for diplomacy due to the presence of numerous international organizations, including the headquarters of many of the agencies of the United Nations.
Technology in Switzerland
Start ups and SME's form the backbone of the Swiss economy, employing 66% of the total workforce in Switzerland. This is due to the country's positive attitude towards tech startups with a reduced tax rate and a simplified setup process.
As a global leader in Innovation, Switzerland is one of the most competitive countries in the world. 53% of all Swiss working hours that are spent on research and development are invested by companies with less than 500 staff.