Spotlight on Borders: Insights from the German-Swiss border

Reports & Briefings
Clare de Mowbray

Bettina Petersohn and Nicola McEwen

Key points:

  • Different currencies do not form a significant barrier to the mobility of people or trade, but the Swiss National Bank intervened when the Euro crisis posed a threat to Swiss exports.
  • A stronger economy on one side of the border encourages increases on frontier workers, while lower consumer prices can attract cross-border shoppers.
  • Local councils and transportation networks cooperate along the border to facilitate crossborder mobility and ensure the functioning of public transport and freight traffic.
  • EU-Relations: Switzerland holds strong ties with EU institutions based on bilateral agreements. In exchange, the Swiss government had to allow for the free movement of persons and extend the same level of public services to citizens of EU member-states.