Intro

Year after year, little Switzerland achieves big scores in international country rankings. Time and again, the land at the heart of Europe secures top position. In the Global Innovation Index, for example, Switzerland has topped the list of nearly 129 countries three years in a row.

These rankings help international executives, investment strategists and other business leaders to make informed choices. For conference and event organisers, the same indices also offer useful insights into the relative quality and value of different destinations.

 

Country rankings

  • Switzerland No 4 in best Countries": In a study from the USA, Switzerland comes out best in terms of quality of life, political stability and economy.

  • www.usnews.com

  • The Legatum Prosperity Index: measures prosperity based on both income and wellbeing. In the latest edition, Switzerland ranks 3rd out of 142 countries.
  • www.prosperity.com

  • Country Brand Index (FutureBrand): measures and compares global perceptions of the world’s nations. In the latest edition from 2019, Switzerland ranks third out of 75 countries.
  • www.futurebrand.com

  • The Global Competitiveness Report: Switzerland is on fifth out of 142 countries.
  • www.weforum.org

  • The Global Innovation Index 2021: Switzerland has topped the list since 2011.
  • www.globalinnovationindex.org

  • The Human Capital Report: Through the report, the World Economic Forum seeks to provide an overview on how well countries are leveraging their human capital and establishing workforces that are prepared for the demands of competitive economies. Switzerland ranks third.
  • reports.weforum.org/human-capital-report-2017

  • 2019 World Talent Report: Switzerland emerges as the obvious winner, followed by Denmark and Sweden. The countries are assessed due to their ability to develop, attract as well as retain talent.
  • IMD World Talent Report 2019

  • Economic Freedom of the World: The annual report of the Economic Freedom Network (Fraser Institute) uses 42 distinct pieces of data to measure economic freedom in 157 nations. Switzerland ranks 4th.
  • www.freetheworld.com

  • Environmental Performance Index: Switzerland ranks third in the EPI 2020 Ranking with 81.5 points.
  • http://epi.yale.edu

  • Energy Sustainability (Energy Trilemma) Index: Switzerland ranked first in 2019.
  • www.worldenergy.org

  • The Good Country Index: measures how much each of 125 countries contributes to the planet. Switzerland is in the top 7.
  • www.goodcountry.org/index/results

  • Better Life Index (OECD): Switzerland ranks among the top countries in a large number of topics.
  • www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org

  • World Happiness Report: Report of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which publishes a ranking of the happiest countries Switzerland is in 3rd place out of 153 countries.
  • http://worldhappiness.report

City and destination rankings

  • Quality of living survey: More than 450 cities worldwide are being analysed; three Swiss cities - Zurich (second), Geneva ( ninth) and Basel (tenth) - were ranked among the ten best, Bern ( fourteenth) among the twenty best.
  • www.mercer.com

  • ESE Cities in Motion Indice: Zurich (15th) is the only Swiss city to be among the top 15.
  • http://ieseinsight.com

  • Best Ski Resort 2018: Three ski resorts rank in the top 10: Zermatt (2nd , Grächen (6th), Arosa-Lenzerheide (7th), Laax (10th)
  • best-skiresorts.com (german)

  • World Travel Awards:
    Switzerland is regularly under the best. In 2019 with Europe's Leading Airline - Economy class 2019: SWISS International Airlines. Europe's Leading Airport 2019: Zürich Airport, Europe's Leading Casino Resort: Kempinski Grand Hotel Des Bains
  • www.worldtravelawards.com

University and research rankings

  • QS World University Rankings 2016/2017: two universities in the top 20. the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (6th) and EPFL (18th).
  • www.topuniversities.com
  • 2020 University Web Rankings: the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich ranks fourth of 200 universities.
  • www.4icu.org/top-universities-europe/