Even though the health crisis plunged Switzerland’s economic activity into a “historic” 8.2 percent slump in the second quarter of this year, the country still boasts the world’s most resilient economy, according to research by an insurance and reinsurance company Swiss Re.
This is the third year in a row that Swiss top the global ranking, “reflecting their comprehensive economic strength against future crises”, the study reported
The country received top marks for all of the research criteria, including its monetary policy, low-carbon economy, labour market efficiency, and human capital.
Canada, Finland, and the United States took the second, third and fourth place. Norway, the UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany are in the top ten.
The Swiss Re report comes just days after figures from the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) showed that In the second quarter of this year, Switzerland's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) suffered “the biggest decline since records of quarterly data began in 1980”.
However, despite the slump, SECO stressed that in Switzerland, which has seen over 1,700 deaths and more than 40,000 cases, the “GDP decline remained limited in an international comparison.”
During the second quarter, Switzerland saw manufacturing slump nine percent, with growth in the country's sizeable pharmaceutical industry preventing a steeper decline.
Exports of goods, excluding precious metals and other valuables, plunged 9.4 percent.
While many of Switzerland’s industries, such as watchmaking, experienced a downturn this year, others, like arms exports, doubled in the first half of 2020.