Prix Suisse 2021

Switzerland’s highest national award

This unique award will be presented each year to a Swiss personality who has achieved remarkable things for our country both now and in the past through a combination of audacity, creativity, innovation, hard work and perseverance. They will act as role models for present and future generations.

The laureates of the ‘Prix Suisse’ are personalities who have made outstanding contributions to Switzerland in recent years and who stand out as a result of their audacity, innovation, and creativity.

Peter Spuhler

Entrepreneur, investor, doer

On Saturday, 13 November 2021, the ‘Prix Suisse“ was awarded for the first time to Peter Spuhler at a grand gala dinner in Bern’s Kursaal. The Prix Suisse is a new national award and represents the highest distinction for outstanding achievements in Switzerland.

It is a great honor to be the first winner of the ‘Prix Suisse’, but my success has only been possible thanks to a committed and innovative team. Switzerland has achieved an excellent reputation internationally through innovation, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and the highest possible quality. We have enormous potential to continue to raise Switzerland’s profile as a unique country in the heart of Europe. I am proud to represent this image of Switzerland.

Peter Spuhler

Portrait of Peter Spuhler

On Saturday evening, President Guy Parmelin presented the first ever ‘Prix Suisse’ to entrepreneur Peter Spuhler in front of some 400 invited guests from the worlds of business, science, politics, and sport in Bern’s Kursaal. Peter Spuhler is a consummate entrepreneur, investor, and doer. Over some 30 years, the small business in Bussnang has grown into the internationally successful Stadler Rail Group with a turnover in the billions and 13,000 employees. Through a combination of audacity, a willingness to take risks and hard work, he has succeeded in building an innovative global group from Switzerland. He is a role model for both present and future generations.

The Prix Suisse

With a base made of an ancient larch tree, the Prix Suisse represents connectedness and sustainability. The tree lived for around 350 years and was trapped inside a glacier in the Engadin Alps for some 10,500 years before emerging from the ice in 2019. The upward lines end in a Swiss cross, which represents Swiss quality and reliability. The design of the award is not realizable using current metalworking techniques. It was made from aluminum using the 3D metal printing process, thus displaying Switzerland’s great innovative capacity and creativity.

The Prix Suisse 2022 will be awarded to an outstanding personality on 12 November 2022.

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