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Economic Facts

Market facts & figures

A stable economy - Switzerland is home to more than 560,000 companies, 99% of which are small to medium-sized, employing 66% of the nation's total workforce of 4.9 million.

Catchment area

A stable economy

At around 3%, Switzerland's stable unemployment rate is among the lowest in the world. Numerous leading international companies, including Nestlé, Metro, Glencore International, Novartis International, Roche, ABB and Adecco, are headquartered here. The Greater Zurich Area boasts a very dynamic and internationally oriented labour market with over 350,000 foreign nationals. This equates to around 31% of its total work force.

Catchment area

Twelve million people live within a two-hour drive of Zurich Airport. This catchment area extends into neighbouring parts of Germany, Austria and France, with the German border just 20 kilometres from the airport terminal. 30 of Switzerland's 100 largest companies are located within 30 kilometres of Zurich Airport, while 60 are within 50 kilometres and 85 within 100 kilometres.

Zurich city centre is just a ten-minute train ride from the airport, while St. Gallen can be reached in 50 minutes, Lucerne in 60 minutes and Basel or Berne in 75 minutes. The Swiss Alps are practically on the doorstep, with the nearest ski slopes just 60 minutes from the airport and even Zermatt is only 3.5 hours by train.