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In the early years of the 21st Century


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The World Factbook - Switzerland

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 17 November 2020]

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[accessed 10 January 2021]

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW - this prosperous economy has low unemployment, a highly skilled labor force, a world class banking and finance sector, and high-tech manufacturing; has brought its economic practices largely into conformity with the EU's

GDP - per capita (PPP): $62,100 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 3.3%

industry: 19.8%

services: 76.9% (2017 est.)

Unemployment rate: 3.2% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 6.6% (2014 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 5 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 3.5 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 82.8 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 100% of population

Physicians density: 4.3 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 100% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Switzerland

[accessed 11 March 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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The World Bank in Switzerland

[accessed 21 April 2021]

Switzerland supports international efforts to promote human and economic development, reduce poverty, and boost shared prosperity around the world.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 10 January 2021]

Because of the paucity of its minerals and other raw materials and its limited agricultural production, Switzerland depends upon imports of food and fodder and of industrial raw materials, which it finances with exports of manufactured goods.

Swiss manufacturers excel in quality of workmanship rather than quantity of output. Other important branches of the economy include international banking, insurance, tourism, and transportation.

Swiss unemployment has remained consistently low in comparison with other countries, although it reached an unusually high 4.5% in 1993.

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