8.48 million (2017) 

Official language

German, French, Italian and Romansh 


Swiss franc (SFr) 

Important Ministries
Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research 

Official statistics office
Federal Statistical Office 

Trade associations
Swiss Booksellers and Publishers Association (Schweizer Buchhändler– und Verleger-Verband or SBVV)
Swiss Association of Broadcasters, Publishers and Booksellers (Association Suisse des DiffuseurEditeurs et Libraires or ASDEL) 

Annual book fairs
Geneva Book Fair is held over 5 days in May. 

Translation programmes
Pro Helvetia supports the creation of literary works, the dissemination of Swiss literature abroad, and cultural exchange within Switzerland as well as audience outreach of Swiss literature. 

VAT on books
2.5% for books and 8% on eBooks 

Fixed book price system

Useful Contacts

British Council
Tel: +41 (0)31 301 49 35  

Department for International Trade
Email: info.berne@fco.gsi.gov.uk 
Tel: +41 (0)31 359 7700

Isabell HoferExperience EconomyBerne
Email: isabell.hofer@fco.gov.uk  

Directory of Swiss Publishers (SBVV) 

Directory of Swiss Booksellers (SBVV)