Switzerland has not always had a good press. In Carol Reed’s 1949 classic The Third Man, the villainous Harry Lime derides the country as a dreary irrelevance: “500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”
But we should not be so quick to dismiss the track record of the Alpine fortress.
In the modern era, Switzerland has emerged as the one of the richest countries in the world in terms of wealth per head of population: its average wage of around £60,000 a year is more than twice that of the UK.
Despite its small size – just 8 million people – Switzerland is the 20th largest exporter on earth and the EU’s third largest trading partner; independent experts say its economy surpasses all others in terms of competitiveness and innovation.… Seguir leyendo »