Creating Jobs and Supporting the U.S. Economy
Switzerland and the United States are also tightly connected through intensive cross-border investments. The United States is Switzerland's most important destination for foreign direct investment (FDI); more so than Germany, France, Italy and the UK combined. One fifth of the total Swiss FDI stock abroad is in the United States. With $310 billion in direct investments, Switzerland ranks as the 7th largest foreign investor in America. Not only do Swiss companies directly create half a million U.S. jobs, they are also especially active in manufacturing and significantly outspend the affiliates of all other countries in research & development.