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Basic statistics of Switzerland.

BASIC STATISTICS OF SWITZERLAND

THE LAND

Area (1000 sq. km)              41.3   Major cities (1000 inhabitants,
                                          31/12/2008)
Cultivated land, grassland               Zurich                  365.1
  and pastures (1000 sq. km)    15.2     Geneva                  183.3
Forests (1000 sq. km)           12.7     Basel                   164.9
                                         Bern                    122.9

THE PEOPLE

Population (thousands,                 Civilian employment       4 495
  31/12/2008)                  7 702     (thousands, 2008)
Number of inhabitants per              Primary sector (%)          4.0
  sq. km (2008)                  186   Secondary sector (%)       23.3
Net natural increase                   Tertiary sector (%)        72.7
  (thousands, 2008)             15.5
Number of foreign workers
  (thousands, 2008)            1 201

PRODUCTION

Gross domestic product,                Gross fixed investment,
  current prices (2008)                    current prices (2008)
CHF billion                    541.8     % of GDP                 21.3
GDP per head (USD)            65 040     Per head (USD)         13 824

THE GOVERNMENT

Public consumption
    (% of GDP, 2008)            10.7
General government
    (% of GDP, 2008)
  Expenditure                   31.8
  Revenues                      34.3
  Gross debt (2007)             43.7

                                     National    State
Composition of Parliament             Council   Council

  Swiss People's Party                  60         6
  Social Democrats                      42         8
  Parliamentary group FDP/Liberals      35        11
  Christian Democrats/EPP               36        16
  Green Faction                         22         2
  BDP Faction                            5         1
Last elections: 21 October 2007
Next elections: October 2011

FOREIGN TRADE

Exports of goods and services (% of GDP, 2008)         56.4
Commodity exports (billion CHF, 2008)                 206.3
Distribution by area (% of total, 2008)
  To industrialised countries                          77.1
  To 27 EU countries                                   61.9
  To OPEC                                               3.9
Distribution by categories (% of total, 2008)
  Raw materials and semi-finished goods                23.4
  Capital goods                                        32.3
  Consumer goods                                       51.2
  Energy                                                3.5

Imports of goods and services (% of GDP, 2008)         45.2
Commodity imports (billion CHF, 2008)                 186.9
Distribution by area (% of total, 2008)
  To industrialised countries                          88.8
  To 27 EU countries                                   81.2
  To OPEC                                               2.5
Distribution by categories (% of total, 2008)
  Raw materials and semi-finished goods                26.0
  Capital goods                                        25.6
  Consumer goods                                       39.0
  Energy                                                9.3

THE CURRENCY

Monetary unit: Swiss franc

Currency unit per USD,
    average of daily figures
  Year 2008              1.0836
  October 2009           1.0218
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Publication:OECD Economic Surveys - Switzerland
Article Type:Statistical table
Geographic Code:4EXSI
Date:Dec 1, 2009
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