The business-friendly environment gives Switzerland a competitive edge: It makes the country faster and more flexible in adapting to new services and technologies and drives innovation. Companies get easy and direct access to local authorities thanks to the decentralized government structure. And unlike many European countries that have regularly seen large swings in support among the main national parties, Switzerland has remained an island of political and economic stability. Additionally, Switzerland employs a fiscal “debt-brake” rule that requires the federal government to balance its budget over the business cycle. With a debt ratio of 30%, Switzerland remains in excellent shape by international standards. Since the early 2000’s, Switzerland’s fiscal institutions have been successful in keeping the overall levels of taxation and spending at moderate levels.
Establish your company in no time
With attractive corporate structures, suitable business properties, efficient and non-bureaucratic permits and authorizations combined with easy recruitment, you can set up your business in the Greater Zurich Area in record time. In Switzerland, the formation of a company takes two to four weeks from the submission of required documents to the date when the company is legally established. Depending on the canton and in more simple cases the time required can even be less.
There are several options to establish a business in Switzerland:
- Forming an unincorporated or incorporated company
- Setting up a branch office
- Acquiring an existing company in Switzerland (either unincorporated or incorporated)
- Formation of a joint venture (unincorporated or incorporated)
- Forming a strategic alliance with or without equity interest
The choice of the appropriate corporate structure s depends on many factors: the business in general, the time frame, legal and tax conditions, strategic goals etc. In this regard, the team of the Greater Zurich Area AG can support and connect you with the right partners. The SECO (State Secretariate for Economic Affairs) also provides a cost-efficient online desk for founding companies called “StarBiz”. The costs on consulting, establishment and notary vary depending on the corporate structure from under CHF 1000 up to CHF 10,000.
In the Greater Zurich Area, you are located where innovations are created: The internationally renowned research and academic institutions and the close cooperation between research and industry have turned the region into a hub for companies in technology sectors such as life sciences, information technology, fintech and blockchain, robotics and intelligent systems and advanced manufacturing. Moreover, many renowned companies use the Greater Zurich Area as a location for the European-wide bundling of key corporate operations – such as holding companies, intellectual property management (IP), finance and supply chain management and R&D. In the most recent study of the World Economic Forum, Switzerland ranks even first now regarding R&D collaborations. Discover more about your specific industry in the Greater Zurich Area.