CHF 22.9 billion spent on research and development in Switzerland in 2019

Neuchâtel, 27.05.2021 - In 2019, CHF 22.9 billion was spent on research and development in Switzerland. This represents an annual average increase of 4.3% compared with 2017, the year of the previous survey. Research and development activities were mainly carried out by private enterprises (68%) and higher education institutions (29%). Almost 133 000 people were employed for this purpose in Switzerland, all sectors combined. Research and development intensity in the Swiss economy increased compared with 2017 and was at a similar level to that of Germany and Austria. These are the main results of the Federal Statistical Office’s (FSO) statistics on research and development.

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