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Canada-Switzerland fact sheet

Official Title:
Swiss Confederation

General Information

Capital: Bern
Population (million): 8.61
Total Area: 41,290km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.75 Swiss franc (CHF) (2020- Annual average)
National Holiday: August 1
Language(s): German (Alemannic dialects), French, Italian, Romansch

Political Information

Type of State:
Federal State

Type of Government:
Direct democracy. Bicameral Federal Assembly with a 46-seat Council of States (“Ständerat”/ Upper House) and a 200-seat National Council (“Nationalrat” / Lower House ). The Federal Council (cabinet) consists of seven members and is elected by the Federal Assembly (both Houses). Each year the Federal Assembly elects the Swiss president and vice-president for a one-year term. The President of the Confederation is the Head of Government, has a representative role and chairs Federal Council meetings. However, it the Federal Council as a whole that is the Swiss Head of State. Administrative divisions: 26 cantons; 2172 Municipalities. Governing coalition: Social Democrats (SP), Liberal Democratic Party (FDP), Swiss People’s Party (SVP), Die Mitte / Le Centre (Mitte).

Head of State:
Federal State

Head of Government:
President Ignazio Cassis (2022)

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs and Vice-President (2021): Ignazio Cassis (FDP)
Finance: Ueli Maurer(SVP)
Economic Affairs: Guy Parmelin (SVP)

Main Political Parties:
Swiss People’s Party (SVP), Social Democrats (SP), Le Centre (Mitte), Liberal Democratic Party (FDP), Green Party (Grünen), Green Liberal Party (GLP). National Council: SVP (53); SP (39); FDP (28); Grünen(28); Mitte (28); GLP (16);; other parties (8) Council of States: Mitte (13); SP (9); FDP (12); SVP (6); Grünen (5); other parties (1)

Elections:
Members of Council of States and of the National Council: 4 year terms. Next in 2023.

Economic Information (2020)

Comparative figures
Type Switzerland Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 1,006.53 2,200.85
GDP per capita: ($) 116,956.62 57,958.23
GDP growth rate: (%) -2.51 -5.31
Inflation: (%) -0.73 0.72
Unemployment: (%) 3.14 9.6

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2020)

Canadian exports to country: $1,798,451,102
Canadian imports from country: $5,882,739,142
FDI in Canada: $50,521 million
CDI in the country: $4,451 million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Salome Meyer

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Chargé d’affaires ad interim Philippe Genest

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Switzerland
Year Exports Imports
2016 $1,316,529,432 $4,500,293,838
2017 $2,073,183,420 $4,400,602,292
2018 $1,867,946,558 $4,596,204,077
2019 $1,434,494,785 $4,946,689,202
2020 $1,798,451,102 $5,882,739,142
21 HS Sections (2020)
Canada - Switzerland
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $10,925,648 $31,810,534
02 Veg. Prod. $13,788,440 $192,152,919
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $3,726,284 $54,157
04 Food Prod. $5,474,684 $228,651,528
05 Mineral Prod. $38,837,005 $43,498,449
06 Chemical Prod. $95,011,214 $3,241,094,205
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $5,018,105 $42,047,374
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $778,042 $1,172,622
09 Wood Prod. $740,803 $11,302,553
10 Paper Prod. $14,629,935 $7,021,321
11 Textiles Prod. $3,455,645 $16,089,836
12 Dress Access. $1,222,190 $512,038
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $359,370 $18,929,124
14 Precious Metals/stones $1,120,455,398 $672,152,182
15 Base Metal Prod. $25,706,134 $80,491,966
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $189,684,027 $522,830,610
17 Vehicles and Equip. $195,836,773 $131,231,370
18 Specialized Inst. $34,726,581 $608,076,058
19 Arms & Ammunition $506,698 $1,330,625
20 Misc. Articles $3,918,035 $19,818,704
21 Antiques $1,314,457 $727,478


January 2022
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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