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According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011, Switzerland has just been ranked by the World Economic Forum as the most competitive country worldwide.

Swiss Business Hub
The Swiss Business Hub is the Swiss government's "one-stop-shop" business solutions agency for small and medium-sized companies.

Trade Fairs...
...In Switzerland
Detailed information on annual trade fairs in Switzerland can be obtained from the online calendar at the OSEC Business Network Switzerland website.

Please also check the following website for further information: Association of Swiss Fairs (AFS).

...In the United States
For information about trade fairs in the United States, please visit the U.S. Commercial Service website.

Combating Unfair Competition and Unfair Marketing Practices in Switzerland
The Swiss authorities are aware that some companies and individuals use Switzerland as a base for dubious business practices. Switzerland has no desire to be regarded as a “loophole” or “hideout” for criminals or companies and individuals misleading the public. Therefore Switzerland is implementing measures to prevent, find and prosecute individuals and companies engaged in such illegal practices.

Warning about Misleading Advertising

Regrettably, companies and individuals with no relation to Switzerland sometimes use the word “Swiss” or images of the Swiss flag in an effort to associate themselves with the reputation of Swiss companies.

To learn more about how to protect yourself against scams, please visit:

We strongly advise you not to send any payment either to Switzerland or to other countries mentioned in that type of advertising.

Why Switzerland?

Switzerland enjoys an excellent reputation as an international business location. Many headquarters of international companies and organizations are based in Switzerland.

What are the Swiss authorities doing to counter those scams?

One of their tasks is to enforce the Swiss Fair Trading Act. In this context, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has taken legal action and launched criminal proceedings against several companies and individuals. Those cases are currently pending in court.

For further information, please consult:

  • World Lottery Association
  • Publications by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

To submit a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about a particular company or organization, you should contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection or the Embassy of Switzerland.

You may also consult the website of the American Federal Trade Comission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection:


Contact Commercial Section

Embassy of Switzerland 
Commercial Section
2900 Cathedral Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008 

E-mail:
 was.vertretung@eda.admin.ch
Tel.: +1 202 745 7900
Fax: +1 202 387 2564

Head of Commercial Service:
Claudia Fontana Tobiassen, First Secretary, Trade & Commercial Affairs