Swiss competitiveness ranked fifth worldwide

Switzerland has been ranked the fifth most competitive country in the world slipping down one place since last year’s rankings by the IMD business school in Lausanne.

This content was published on May 18, 2011

One of only three European countries in the top ten – along with Sweden and Germany – Switzerland managed to maintain its growth dynamic through its diversification and by focusing its attention on both the European and Asian markets, the authors of the index said.

Based on 331 criteria, the 2011 overall ranking maintains 2010’s leading trio but in a different order. Hong Kong is ranked first this year, followed by the United States and Singapore.

Switzerland’s growth rate in several areas was considerably lower than the most competitive countries and it fell several places in business efficiency category, which includes availability of labour, entrepreneurship and social responsibility of business leaders.

With Switzerland’s success already limited by transport and real estate congestion, the country should not rest on its historical competitiveness alone, the authors warn.

“Switzerland must reinvent itself year after year in order to maintain its influence in a hypercompetitive, increasingly-globalised world.”

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Sort by

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.

Weekly top stories

Keep up to date with the best stories from SWI on a range of topics, straight into your mailbox.


The SBC Privacy Policy provides additional information on how your data is processed.