The U.S. Department of State and other Executive Branch agencies produce many periodic reports, which describe conditions in other countries on a wide range of issues. Most of the reports are mandated by U.S. legislation.
Shown below are key U.S. Government policy reports, Country information on Switzerland and Liechtenstein. More information about Switzerland and Liechtenstein is available from the Department of State.
CIA World Factbook Switzerland and Liechtenstein
The CIA World Factbook, produced for U.S. policymakers and coordinated throughout the .U.S Intelligence Community, presents the basic realities about the world in which we live. We share these facts with the people of all nations in the belief that knowledge of the truth underpins the functioning of free societies.
The World Factbook is a unique reference in that it is updated continuously – on average, every week.
Information in The Factbook is collected from – and coordinated with – a wide variety of US Government agencies, as well as from hundreds of published sources.
Human Rights Reports
The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974.
International Religious Freedom Reports
The Annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom describes the status of religious freedom in each foreign country, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.
Terrorism Country Reports on Terrorism
The Country Reports on Terrorism 2015 is submitted in compliance with Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f (the “Act”), which requires the Department of State to provide to Congress a full and complete annual report on terrorism for those countries and groups meeting the criteria of the Act.
Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the previously published Patterns of Global Terrorism.
Trafficking in Persons Reports
The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue.
Narcotics Control Reports
The Department of State’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) — due to Congress March 1st annually — is prepared in accordance with §489 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (the “FAA,” 22 U.S.C. §2291). The INCSR is the United States Government’s country-by-country two volume report that describes the efforts to attack all aspects of the international drug trade, chemical control, money laundering and financial crimes.
Economic Report of the President
The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. It overviews the nation’s economic progress using text and extensive data appendices. The Economic Report of the President is transmitted to Congress no later than ten days after the submission of the Budget of the United States Government.