Long term political and legal stability is key to security

Since the foundation of Switzerland in 1291, its democratic system and its neutrality have fostered a stable environment in which the banking sector was able to develop and thrive. The country’s solid legal framework guarantees protection in terms of competition and private ownership, thereby enabling investors to engage in long-term activities and investments with total peace of mind. More than 130 well known multinational companies, such as Rolex, Caterpillar and Hewlett-Packard, are based in Geneva. A GDP per capita of more than USD 80,000 allows Switzerland to be one of the wealthiest countries in the world.