Infographic | Commercial Drones in Germany and Switzerland 2021


How do commercial drones in Germany compare with their Swiss neighbors? Our infographic shows the size of their economies as well as the number of drones, the drone market size as well as the countries’ respective rank in the global drone industry.

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  • Want to learn more? Read our blog post about the studies we carried out for the German VUL and the Swiss DIAS about their respective drone industries. The rise of commercial drones in Germany and Switzerland is not without precedent.


Both the German and the Swiss drone markets are among the top 10 in Europe. This is both in absolute terms and per capita. Commercial drones in Germany play a role in a vast array of industries, and they are likely to be among the leaders for passenger drones. Meanwhile, commercial drones in Switzerland have also grown into an industry worth millions.

Those looking to start a drone business and/or find business partners can benefit from this data about the number of drones that are already flying in two of the wealthiest European countries. Moreover, concrete data on the drone market size as well as the things to watch out for can provide some insight on where commercial drones in Germany and Switzerland might be headed. Lastly, the level of investment received by companies in each country can provide an idea of how easy or difficult it may be to find investors.

To discuss the more about the big players in the drone market, regulatory standards and national differences in 2021 or tailored drone market research and what we can do for you, contact us.


Our infographic provides data and a quick comparison between commercial drones in Germany and their Swiss counterparts. The data is based on bespoke studies carried out for the Verband Unbemannte Luftfahrt in Germany and the Drone Industry Association Switzerland as well as population and economic facts from the World Bank.

Germany has played a leading role in the drone market from the outset, and it continues to be at the forefront of drone technology. It is among the top countries in terms of drone investment, and some local companies are leading the charge in aspects such as air mobility. Meanwhile, Switzerland is almost 10x smaller than Germany in terms of population, yet its drone ecosystem is not 1/10 of Germany’s, which speaks highly of the Swiss drone market. This infographic shows how both countries perform in regard to: number of drones, drone company investments, average company age, drone market size and rank, what to watch for in each country.

For more information on the commercial drone industry in Germany and in Switzerland, read our blog post. Here is an excerpt from the blog:

In 2021, the German drone market is worth €840M (US$995.76M) while the Swiss drone market is worth CHF 435.4M (US$475.62M). In terms of ranking within Europe, this places the German market as the number one market in absolute terms and number 9 per capita. Meanwhile the Swiss market ranks fourth in absolute terms and is the number one market on a per capita basis. Therefore, it is not surprising that both markets at expected to grow at rates of 14.5% CAGR in Germany and 10.6% in Switzerland.”


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