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  • May 16, 2017

Switzerland ranked high in many surveys again

Tokyo (SCCIJ) – In a recent ranking by the media website US News, Switzerland has been voted the “best country in the world”. According to this ranking, Swiss strengths include personal rights and freedom, business friendliness and quality of life. The top spot made headlines around the world and put another spotlight on this small alpine country in Central Europe inhabited by just 8.3 million people. But Switzerland, its system and some of its institutions have recently also performed well in other areas. The SCCIJ has compiled the latest such achievements ranging from “fourth happiest country” to “best young university”.

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“Second best higher education system” (Universitas 21 report)

Switzerland has the second best higher education system in the world, according to the 2017 Universitas 21 report, just below the United States. The small alpine nation was ahead of the United Kingdom (ranked third) and its near neighbors in the classification of 50 countries, compiled by the Universitas 21 group of research universities. This global survey differs from other university rankings in that it assesses national higher education systems as a whole rather than individual universities. more…

“4th happiest country in the world” (UN World Happiness Report)

The United Nations has named Switzerland in its World Happiness Report 2017 the fourth happiest country in the world – right behind Norway, Denmark and Iceland – after taking first place in last year’s ranking. “All of the top four countries rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance. Their averages are so close that small changes can re-order the rankings from year to year,” the report said. more…

“6 Swiss regions in Europe’s 10 most prosperous” (University of Lausanne)

Six Swiss regions make the top ten most prosperous regions of Europe, measured in terms of GDP per person, according to an analysis by the University of Lausanne. The six Swiss regions are Zurich (3rd), Ticino (4th), Basel (5th), the region around Zug (6th), Bern-Solothurn (7th) and Suisse romande, the French-speaking region of Switzerland (8th). The only other European regions ranked higher were Luxembourg (2nd) and the City of London (1st). more…

“Three Swiss cities among world’s top ten for quality of life” (Mercer)

Zurich, Geneva and Basel are among the top ten cities in the world with the best quality of life, according to the Mercer annual quality of living survey. The Austrian capital Vienna came first in its ranking of 450 cities for the eighth year in a row. It was followed by Zurich, Auckland (New Zealand), Munich (Germany), Vancouver (Canada), Düsseldorf (Germany), Frankfurt (Germany), Geneva (Switzerland) and Copenhagen (Denmark). Basel and Sydney (Australia) came equal tenth. The Swiss capital Bern was ranked 14th. more…

“Switzerland one of just three fully stable countries” (Marsh’s Political Risk Map)

According to the "Political Risk Map 2017" of Marsh, a global risk management company, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden are the only three countries that are considered fully stable in today’s world. Some of the reasons cited are: The stable political situation of Switzerland guarantees a high degree of dependability for business and practical decisions that are well supported by the population. Switzerland’s federal structures create strong links between government, business, and civil society. Swiss employment law is very liberal and the labor market is subject to very few regulations. more…

“EPFL named world’s top ‘young’ university again” (Times Higher Education)

For the third year in a row, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) has been named the world’s leading ‘young university’ by “The Times Higher Education”. EPFL led the list of 200 academic institutions less than 50 years old. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology came in second and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore third. EPFL was the only representative of Switzerland in the list. more…


Compilation: SCCIJ; Picture: Switzerland Tourism ( Schuerpf)

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