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Financial Centres of the World: Zurich

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and one of the world’s principal financial centres, as well as being renowned as one of the richest and cleanest cities in the world. The city of Zurich is home to a large proportion of banks and financial institutions along with being a leading global city.

The official language in language is German however English, Italian and French are also widely used. Zurich’s climate is fairly temperate and enjoys four distinct seasons. The city of Zurich has a huge amount to offer those who choose to live, work or visit this culturally rich and economically strong city.

Working in Zurich

Zurich is renowned as a financial centre and is home to many of the world’s banking giants as well as the Swiss Stock Exchange. The city of Zurich is an attractive destination for those looking for work and offers long term, professional career opportunities. Zurich’s relatively low rate of tax also attracts large numbers of international companies who choose to set up offices in Zurich. The service industry is the most important economic sector in the city, accounting for more than four fifths of all employment.

Ten of Switzerland’s fifty largest corporations have headquarters in Zurich, including Credit Suisse, UBS and Zurich Financial Services. Zurich is also the largest gold trading centre in the world.

Living in Zurich

Zurich was named the city with the best quality of life in 2006 and 2008 by several surveys as well as the wealthiest city in Europe. The city of Zurich is renowned for its high quality of life, in particular for housing, work, education, leisure and safety, providing its inhabitants an enviable place to live.

Zurich is home to two major universities and education benefits from a high level of investment, providing a skilled labour force.

The public transportation network in Zurich is highly developed and is used by a large proportion of the city’s inhabitants and visitors. Buses, trams and the S-Bahn (train) along with funicular railways and river boats connect the city.

Zurich is also one of the world leaders in climate protection and funds research projects into renewable energy.

Visiting Zurich

Zurich is a popular choice for tourists and the city offers an enormous amount for visitors to see and do. The city of Zurich is culturally rich and is home to more than one hundred prestigious galleries, over fifty museums including the Swiss National Museum, symphony orchestras, ballet theatres and opera houses. The city is also renowned for its fine dining and gastronomic delights.

The Zurich Film Festival is a popular event and is one of the upcoming international film festivals. Zurich also offers the hottest nightlife entertainment in Switzerland. Zurich International Airport is situated a little over six miles from the city centre and benefits from its own railway station.

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