Switzerland counts among both the World biggest recipients of foreign direct investments and the World biggest direct investors.
Therefore, Switzerland historically and knows no general restrictions on foreign investments.
Against the background that many countries know investment controls, recent political efforts ask the Federal Council to consider reciprocity, i.e. the possibility of implementing investment controls for critical sectors where corresponding controls exist in the investor’s country.
In its report of 2019, the Federal Council has come to the conclusion that the implementation of investment controls is not necessary. However, the Federal Council will, until 2023, closely monitor all sectors of critical infrastructure and analyse whether there exist significant risks of supply disruption.