Figures on SMEs: Establishment of companies

The establishment of companies in Switzerland has been at a relatively constant level in recent years. Presentation of Recent Figures.

Switzerland saw the establishment of more than 39,125 companies in 2016, creating 53,031 jobs, according to the Federal Statistics Office (FSO). This represents, compared to 2015, a 1% drop in the number of businesses established and a decrease in jobs created by 2.9%.

The tertiary sector played a prominent role in the establishment of companies in Switzerland in 2016 representing 87.4% of new entities and 84.8% of new jobs. The Lake Geneva region counted the largest number of new companies, closely followed by Zurich.

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In 2016, the large majority of new companies were established in the form of individual companies, followed by limited liability companies (Sàrl) and joint stock companies (SA).

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More than three-quarters (82.4%) of new companies only employ one person, 15.6% between two and four people and 2.0% five people or more.

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Source: FSO, Newly born enterprises 2016 (next publication: December 2018)


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