Managing in Switzerland
Working in a Conservative Culture
Switzerland is best known for its chocolate, cheese and designer watches. But it's also a fascinating mixture of German, French, Italian, and Romansh cultures – a product of their shared histories and common values – set within a picturesque Alpine environment.
Switzerland is the wealthiest country in the world. In 2015, the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report showed that it had the highest average wealth per adult.
It's a highly desirable place to live and work, with a high standard of living, a healthy population, and beautiful scenery. In this article, we'll explore how to live and work successfully in Switzerland, whether you're relocating or managing a team remotely.
Switzerland is a country in Western Europe with an area of 15,940 square miles. It's bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.
Switzerland is surrounded by Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein.
It consists of 26 states, or "cantons." There are four main cultural regions and languages, which are German (65 percent of the population), French (18 percent), Italian (10 percent), and Romansh (1 percent). Romansh is spoken predominantly in the southeastern canton of Graubünden. In 2014, 23 percent of the population were from other countries, mainly Italy.
Switzerland's landscape is divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau, and the Jura Mountains. The Alps take up the largest area of land, but the majority of Switzerland's eight million people live on the Plateau, which includes its largest cities, Zürich, Geneva and the capital, Bern.
The country is well known for its history of being neutral during conflict, and it hasn't been at war since the Napoleonic Wars ended in 1815. It maintains an active foreign policy and is involved in peace-building work around the world. It's also the birthplace of the International Red Cross and a founding member of the European Free Trade Association. It's not a member of the European Union, and its currency is the Swiss Franc.
Switzerland has no official religion, but most of the cantons recognize the Catholic and Swiss Reformed churches.
The four national languages of Switzerland are German, French, Italian, and Romansh. Swiss languages differ from the standard versions, but they're similar enough to be understood. They can also vary depending on your location....