Briefings

Switzerland’s Humanitarian Tradition

Switzerland’s commitment to saving human lives and alleviating suffering in the world is a centuries-old tradition based on the country’s human rights ideals.

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Switzerland and the European Union

In keeping with its long tradition of sovereignty and neutrality, Switzerland is one of only a handful of Western European nations that have not joined the European Union—established in 1957. Nevertheless, the ties between Switzerland and the European Union have been—and remain—close.

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Apprenticeship in Switzerland – A Model for the U.S.?

Switzerland’s system of vocational training—on-the-job learning through apprenticeships, combined with schooling—has admirers around the world, including in the United States.

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Putting the Brakes on Government Spending: The Swiss Debt Brake

Large budget deficits and high public-sector spending and debt have been pervasive features of modern economies, including in the United States and Switzerland.

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Switzerland’s “Good Offices”

(Gute Dienste, literally: good services)

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Switzerland and the European Union

In keeping with its long tradition of sovereignty and neutrality, Switzerland is one of only a handful of Western European countries that have not joined the European Union. Nevertheless, the ties between Switzerland and the European Union are close.

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FATCA: The U.S. Tax Law that Affects the World—Even Switzerland

In 2010, following the Financial Crisis, the U.S. Congress passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The goal was to make it more difficult for U.S. citizens to evade taxes through so-called offshore accounts abroad.

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Climate Change and the Environment in Switzerland

Between 1864 and 2010, the average temperature in Switzerland rose by about 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). Climate-change scenarios predictat least a similar level of warming by the end of the 21st century—which would be accompanied by an 8 percent to 10 percent reduction in summertime rain.

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Switzerland: Global Financial Center

Switzerland is world-renowned as a leading international financial center. Its long history as a major banking hub with a stable political system and great openness to trade continue to attract investors from around the world.

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Innovation: Switzerland and the United States Top the Charts

Both countries regularly receive the highest rankings in global-innovation indices—whether for business, entrepreneurship, technology, science, or education. Why?

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