Cocaine Users in Switzerland

Between 4 to 5 tones of cocaine is trafficked into Switzerland every year. The black market value of the cocaine is estimated to be worth $535 Million (520 Million Swiss Francs).

Out of a population of 8 million people, Federal Police in Switzerland estimate that between 25,00 to 32,000 people are regular users of cocaine. An additional 36,000 to 44,000 occasionally use cocaine in the country.

In 2011, law enforcement seized 401 kilograms of cocaine.

Cocaine Use in Switzerland Highest in Europe

A study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, cocaine use in cities in Switzerland is among the highest in Europe.

Everyday, up to 1.5 grams of cocaine is consumed by every 1,000 citizens in the Swiss cities of Bern, Geneva, Lucerne and Zurich.

In other European cities such as Barcelona, London, Milan and Paris, between 0.5 to 1 grams of cocaine is used by every 1,000.

Norther European cities had the lowest reported levels of cocaine use, with Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki registering 0.15 grams of cocaine use daily per 1,000 residents.

Across Europe, up to 356 kilograms of cocaine is consumed each day, which is 10 to 15 percent of the total global cocaine consumption.

The 500 Euro Bill and its Use in Money Laundering

According to the Bank of Italy, Mafia members, terrorists and money launderers are stockpiling the 500 Euro Bill because it is easy to transport and smuggle. The bank found that the highest concentration of the 500 Euro was by the borders Switzerland and San Marino where money laundering laws are less strict. The US Drug Enforcement Administration stated that $1 Million in $100 bills weighs 22 pounds, while $1 Million in 500 Euros weighs 3.5 pounds.