So here’s the big question: which car provides the most exhilarating drive? One with an old-fashioned gas-guzzling petrol engine? A modern day hybrid? Or a futuristic electric car? In the ‘past’ corner is Jeremy Clarkson in a V12-powered Lamborghini Aventador S, representing the ‘present’ is James May in a hybrid Honda NSX and on Team Future is Richard Hammond in the Rimac Concept One all-electric Croatian supercar.
THAT’S SOME TEST TRACK
The roads of Switzerland prove the ultimate testing ground as the boys test manoeuvrability and straight line speeding before taking part in a hillclimb event with an unexpectedly dramatic ending.
A WELL-HEELED NATION
But Switzerland isn’t all just steep corners and dramatic downhill slides. It also happens to be the wealthiest country, per capita, in the world. With an awesome 2007 export volume of US$172.6bn and a none-too-shabby import volume of US$164.8bn, there’s gold in them there alps.
Switzerland is a great place to do business – it’s smack bang in the heart of Europe’s major economies: Germany, France, Italy and Austria. The country has seven international airports flying everywhere from Europe and America to Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It’s also easy to get around Switzerland itself – a World Economic Forum report put it in the top five for infrastructure (well it does have a global reputation for efficiency to live up to).
With four official languages and English as a common tongue, Switzerland is one of the most internationally-minded countries in the world. It’s very open to foreign investment and is already home to several large multinational companies.
Because of its size, trade is key to Switzerland’s economy. Switzerland is big on manufacturing, with chemicals, machines, electronic goods, precision instruments and watches accounting for its biggest export numbers. It’s also strong in the service sector with banking and insurance, tourism, and international organisations making a massive contribution to the Swiss success story.
The Swiss education system strikes an excellent balance between academic education and practical apprenticeships. That’s why it’s one of the world’s best sources of highly skilled workers. Add in a literacy rate that hovers around the 100% mark and its appeal for potential employers is obvious.
Switzerland is one of the wealthiest, most stable economies in the world, which brings certain advantages: it has one of the lowest tax rates of any developed country, the Swiss franc is one of the world’s strongest currencies and it can also provide investors with very generous interest rates. So if you’re looking to expand your business, Switzerland is a great place to start ... just watch out for 3 cars driving on the wrong side of the road!
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