The GDP of Switzerland at the previous year’s prices increased by 2.8% in 2018. This sustained growth was in keeping with a favourable environment characterised by a marked recovery in the contribution of foreign trade and strong momentum in the manufacturing industry.
Around 80% of Swiss drinking water comes from groundwater sources, approximately half of which is spring water. The remaining drinking water is taken from lakes and rivers. The consumption of drinking water in Switzerland has decreased by 20% since 1990.
On 1 June 2019, there were 75 323 empty dwellings in Switzerland. This was 1.66% of the total dwelling stock (including single-family homes). Some 3029 more dwellings were empty than in the previous year.
What employment status was most common in Switzerland in 2019? 53.2% of the permanent resident population aged 15 or over were employees. What about the remaining 46.8%? See our graph of the week to find out.
With Switzerland’s new OGD strategy 2019–23, responsibility for the operational coordination of OGD implementation at Confederation level now lies in the hands of the FSO who have created an office to this effect. Key tasks will be the further development of the reference platform, opendata.swiss, where all open, freely accessible data from the Swiss authorities can easily be found, as well as advice on OGD for data publishers and users.