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Canada-Switzerland fact sheet

Official Title:
Swiss Confederation

General Information

Capital: Bern
Population (million): 8.55
Total Area: 41,290km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.75 Swiss franc (CHF) (2019- Annual average)
National Holiday: August 1, Confederation day
Language(s): German, French, Italian, Romansch

Political Information

Type of State:
Confederation

Type of Government:
Parliamentary democracy. Bicameral Federal Assembly with a 46-seat Council of States (Ständerat) (upper house) and a 200-seat National Council (Nationalrat ). The Federal Council (cabinet) consists of seven members elected by the Federal Assembly (both Houses) and elects the president for a one year term. The President of the Federal Council is both Head of State and of Government. Administrative divisions: 26 cantons. Governing coalition: Social Democrats (SP), Liberal Democratic Party (FDP), Swiss People’s Party (SVP), Christian Democratic People’s Party (CVP).

Head of State:
President Simonetta Sommaruga

Head of Government:
President Simonetta Sommaruga

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Ignazio Cassis (FDP)
Finance: Ueli Maurer(SVP)
Economic Affairs: Guy Parmelin (SVP)

Main Political Parties:
Swiss People’s Party (SVP), Social Democrats (SP), Christian Democratic People’s Party (CVP), Liberal Democratic Party (FDP), Green Party (Grünen), Conservative Democratic Party (BDP), Green Liberal Party (GLP). National Council: SVP (53); SP (39); FDP (29); Grünen(28); CVP (25); GLP (16); BDP (3); other parties (7) Council of States: CVP (13); SD (12); FDP (13); SVP (5); Grünen (1); CDP (1); other parties (1)

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

Economic Information (2019)

Comparative figures
Type Switzerland Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 941.26 2,277.52
GDP per capita: ($) 110,153.70 60,806.37
GDP growth rate: (%) 0.92 1.64
Inflation: (%) 0.36 1.95
Unemployment: (%) 2.31 5.67

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2019)

Canadian exports to country: $1,434,494,785
Canadian imports from country: $4,946,604,866
FDI in Canada: $51,749 million
CDI in the country: $16,015 million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Salome Meyer

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Susan Bincoletto

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
2015 $1,189,535,625 $4,533,953,331
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 $4,946,604,866
21 HS Sections (2019)
Canada - Switzerland
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $12,500,525 $33,424,823
02 Veg. Prod. $20,370,976 $117,228,498
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $4,520,171 $57,981
04 Food Prod. $6,323,812 $230,120,254
05 Mineral Prod. $7,461,074 $42,707,634
06 Chemical Prod. $130,027,055 $2,903,741,735
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $8,418,491 $42,025,493
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $3,731,359 $3,658,637
09 Wood Prod. $1,036,960 $10,453,549
10 Paper Prod. $16,535,120 $7,741,973
11 Textiles Prod. $7,013,534 $20,574,487
12 Dress Access. $4,707,502 $602,424
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $354,013 $15,484,616
14 Precious Metals/stones $679,892,007 $97,960,834
15 Base Metal Prod. $7,893,409 $92,125,003
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $185,551,185 $482,280,155
17 Vehicles and Equip. $258,858,195 $124,921,940
18 Specialized Inst. $31,330,546 $678,234,039
19 Arms & Ammunition $490,986 $997,741
20 Misc. Articles $4,625,816 $19,692,916
21 Antiques $13,186,042 $12,022,173


November 2020
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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