Swiss outward FDI and its policy context

Gugler, Philippe; Tinguely, Xavier

Switzerland's outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) has traditionally been relatively high. The small size of the country, a natural resources shortage and the geographical location at the heart of Europe induced Swiss firms constantly to expand their activities abroad. This exposure to global markets is reflected in its OFDI. Although the global financial and economic crisis pushed the country into a recession and triggered a sharp decrease of OFDI flows, the Swiss OFDI stock continued to grow in 2008 and 2009. Thanks to a well-balanced economic structure based on innovation and knowledge and coherent government policies, Switzerland weathered, at least in the short-term, the effects of the crisis and set the path for a sustainable growth of OFDI.

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Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment
Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment
Columbia FDI Profiles
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May 11, 2010