Switzerland. Corporate taxation in the country could not
be reformed in favor of the companies. With the proposal,
the government wanted to lower the taxes for companies in
order to resist the increased "tax competition" from other
European states. In February, the neoside won a referendum
on this by 59% against the jaside's 41%. The background was
that the government had received international criticism for
the system now prevailing, that each cantonment had the
opportunity to sign its own tax treaties with international
companies. With its proposal, the government wanted to
address the criticism while maintaining its attractiveness.
And probably Switzerland is attractive. According to
Countryaah.com, the country comes
first in terms of developing and attracting competence as
well as retaining it. This according to the Swiss School of
Economics IMD's annual ranking, which was presented in
November. At the beginning of the year, the same was true of
the big bank HSBC, which looked at which country was the
best to move to in terms of career opportunities.
During the summer, Saab received an order for a new
anti-armor system, called NLAW, from the Swiss army. The
agreement is worth SEK 1 billion and is valid until 2030.
In July, five people, two seriously, were injured in a
chainsaw attack against an insurance office in Schaffhausen,
near the border with Germany. According to the police, this
was not a terrorist act. A 51-year-old man was later
arrested for the act.
In August, a landslide occurred in Val Bondasca, in the
Canton of Graubünden in the eastern part of the country,
which partially buried the village of Bondo. Eight people
were feared to be dead. In September, some 30 people were
injured when two trains collided in Andermatt along the
Matterhorn – Gotthardbanan.
In early August, the world's longest suspension bridge,
Europabrücke, was inaugurated. It is 494 meters long and
runs 86 meters above the ground between Zermatt and Grächen.