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Switzerland
  • Imports from Switzerland A$2,969 million
  • Exports to Switzerland A$835 million
  • Capital Berne
  • Official Languages German, French, Italian
  • Area 41,000 sq km
  • Population 8.0 million

Last updated: 2 Jul 2012

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Doing business

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Country Profile

Content supplied by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • ECONOMIC CLIMATE
    Switzerland is an open economy with one of the highest standards of living and one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.
    » read more at DFAT
  • TRADE RELATIONS
    In 2011-12, merchandise trade between Australia and Switzerland was worth A$3.8 billion.
    » read more at DFAT
  • POLITICAL CLIMATE
    Switzerland has a federal structure with three levels of government: the Confederation (federal government equivalent), the cantons (state/territory government) and the communes (local government).
    » read more at DFAT

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OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Multinational Enterprises should be aware of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises that provide voluntary principles and standards for responsible business behaviour in a variety of areas, consistent with applicable domestic laws. These Guidelines are endorsed and promoted by the Australian Government. For more information, go to the AusNCP website.

Bilateral agreements

Australia has social security agreements with several countries that address the issue of 'double super coverage' for employees sent to work overseas. To take advantage of these agreements, Australian employers sending employees overseas to work must apply to the Tax Office for a Certificate of coverage.

For more details, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.

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