Enterprises in Switzerland devoted more than CHF 15.7 billion to their research and development activities (R&D) in 2015. This represents a rise of 10% compared with 2012. Almost 57,000 people worked within enterprises to carry out these research activities. At international level, Switzerland is among those countries where enterprises are the most active in R&D.
These are some of the main findings from the survey conducted by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) in partnership with economiesuisse.
At its sitting of 2 December 2016, the Federal Council acknowledged the results of the consultation on the partial amendment to the law on the business identification number (BINA) and sent the corresponding dispatch to Parliament. The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) will manage an international identification number in Switzerland.
In 2014, 742 cases of assisted suicide were registered in Switzerland. The Federal Statistical Office is issuing a report on this for the second time. When is assisted suicide resorted to, who is affected and what are the underlying diseases? How do cases of assisted suicide differ from the just over 1000 suicide cases?