A Guide to Switzerland

In the most practical terms, investing in Switzerland can mean simply owning a holiday home, starting a business or buying stocks. Here's what you should know.

While countries like the United States, Britain and Spain have seen crashes in house prices in past years, the Swiss market has experienced above average growth.

The Lex Koller legislation limits how foreigners can buy property in Switzerland and owning property does not give a person the right to a Swiss residence permit. Permits and authorisation for buying property are handled at the cantonal level.