Working in Switzerland

Learn more about Switzerland and the employment market

Switzerland is a landlocked mountainous country in South-Central Europe, bordered by Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and Liechtenstein.With an area of 41,285 km², the country is just slightly smaller than the Netherlands.

One of the key features of Switzerland is its cultural diversity. The ancestors of the people who live in this country today have their origins in different cultures.

The most obvious result of this cultural variety is the fact, that – even if Switzerland is only a small country – there are as much as four different official languages: German (74%), French (20%), Italian (4%) and Romansh (1%) – the remaining 1% speaks other languages.


Stable economic and political conditions are factors that contribute to the appeal of the Swiss employment market. Switzerland has a dual system for the admission of foreign workers.

Workers from the EU/EFTA States have easier access to the Swiss employment market, thanks to the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons.

Only a limited number of workers are admitted from non -EU/EFTA States, primarily management level employees, specialists and other qualified employees.

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