Per capita GDP is one of the indicators to measure the degree of development of a country. Many people think that the United States and Japan are very developed countries in the world. Japan’s per capita GDP exceeds 40,000 US dollars, and the American per capita GDP exceeds 60,000 US dollars. They have indeed reached the level of highly developed countries. . However, Switzerland’s per capita GDP is as high as 82,000 US dollars, but the United States and Japan cannot. To be precise, Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world.
The per capita GDP is as high as 82,000 US dollars. To what extent has Switzerland developed? From a global perspective, Switzerland’s per capita GDP ranks sixth in the world, behind China’s Macau (84,000 US dollars). It is one of the world’s richest countries with the most stable society and the highest quality of life. It is also a highly developed economy in the world.
According to public information, as of the end of 2018, Switzerland’s total population was only over 8 million, a small population, and the country’s area was only 40,000 square kilometers. Switzerland’s per capita income and wages are not only invincible in Europe, but also among the highest in the world. It has a very complete social welfare system and a high happiness index.
According to the results of a survey on wage levels in European countries by “Business Insider” of the United States, Switzerland’s per capita monthly income exceeds US$6,400, ranking first in Europe, and Denmark is second. As an established developed country, Germany, France and Britain have a per capita monthly income of about US$4,000.
If compared with the United States, Switzerland still has the upper hand. According to information released by the Census Bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, in 2019, the per capita income of U.S. residents was 36,000 U.S. dollars, and the per capita monthly income was about 3,000 U.S. dollars, which is less than half of Switzerland. It is conceivable how wealthy Switzerland is. The level is also the criterion for judging whether a country is developed.
Not only that, Switzerland’s purchasing power is also very strong. For example, it takes at least one week in New York to buy an iPhone X, nearly 10 days in Hong Kong, at least one month in Beijing, and 4.7 days in Zurich, Switzerland, which is the highest in Switzerland. Income level.
Of course, the salary level in Switzerland is high, but the price level is also very high, ranking among the top in the world. According to a friend’s sharing, when traveling to Switzerland, a bowl of noodles (very common) cost more than 10 usd. If you don’t eat two or three bowls, you won’t be full. A meal of noodles costs thirty to forty usd .
In most people’s minds, Switzerland is a very wealthy country, but they don’t know much about its industrial and technological development. Many people even think that Switzerland is enriched by financial and tourism resources and does not have developed industrial and technological strength. actually not.
To many people’s surprise, Switzerland has 14 Fortune 500 companies, more than Russia, Brazil, and India. For example, Glencore, Nestlé, Roche, Novartis, UBS, ABB Group, Credit Suisse, etc., involving energy and minerals, food manufacturing, financial insurance, electrical, biomedicine and other industries.
Nestlé Switzerland is the world’s largest food manufacturer, with more than 2,000 brands worldwide and annual global revenue of more than 600 billion USD. Novartis and Roche are world-renowned pharmaceutical giants, and Roche in particular is one of the world’s three largest pharmaceutical companies, with revenue scale second only to that of Pfizer.
It is worth mentioning that ABB Group is a global leader in electrical and automation technology and one of the world’s four largest industrial robot giants. The ABB Group was formed by the merger of ASEA of Sweden and BBC of Switzerland. It has achieved a number of major technological breakthroughs and provided services and solutions to more than 100 countries around the world.
The reason why Switzerland has so many Fortune 500 companies is inseparable from strong corporate competitiveness. According to a report released by the World Economic Forum, Switzerland ranks first in global competitiveness. Moreover, strong financial support is also indispensable behind the scenes. Switzerland’s financial industry is very developed and can provide various financial services for enterprises.
In fact, the development of a country is ultimately inseparable from education. For example, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, known as the “European №1 University”, ranks sixth in the world in the 2021QS World University Rankings, and is one of the world’s top research universities. Up to now, the school has produced 21 Nobel Prize winners, such as the world-renowned scientist Albert Einstein.