Sectors

Agriculture

The agricultural sector is only a very small part of the Swiss economy, but it is very important for the tourism industry and the country's food security.

Chemical and pharmaceutical industry

The chemical and pharmaceutical industry is Switzerland's leading exporter.

Machine, electrical engineering and metals industry

The machine, electrical engineering and metals industry is the largest industrial employer in Switzerland and one of the country’s leading exporters.

Watchmaking industry

The Swiss watchmaking industry has conquered the world with its high-quality products. Following a major crisis in the 1970s and 1980s, the sector found a new lease of life and is today one of the jewels in Switzerland's industrial crown.

Tourism

The tourism industry is one of Switzerland’s most important economic sectors and employs around 4% of the working population.

Banks

Switzerland is one of the most important financial centres in the world.

Commodities trade

Switzerland is one of the world's most important commodities trading hubs. This sector currently generates an annual turnover of CHF 20 billion.

Retail

The Swiss retail sector is dominated by two major distributors: Migros and Coop.

Media

Thanks to its multilingualism and cultural diversity, Switzerland has a rich and extensive media landscape.