Information about the EFTA Member States: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The four EFTA States are competitive in several sectors vital to the global the global economy and score among the highest in the world in competitiveness, wealth creation per inhabitant, life expectancy and quality of life.
Switzerland is a world leader in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, machinery, banking and insurance. Liechtenstein, like Switzerland, is highly industrialized and specialized in capital-intensive and Research & Development driven technology products. The Icelandic economy benefits from renewable natural resources, not least rich fishing grounds, and has increasingly diversified into other industries and services. Abundant natural resources also contribute significantly to Norway’s economic strength, including oil and gas exploration and production, and fisheries, as well as important service sectors such as maritime transport and energy-related services.