Helvetia has a long tradition: in over 150 years, it has grown from a number of Swiss and foreign insurance companies into a successful international insurance group. Today, Helvetia has subsidiaries in its home market Switzerland as well as in the countries that make up the Europe operating segment: Germany, Italy, Austria and Spain. Helvetia is also present in France with its Specialty Markets operating segment and through selected regions worldwide. Some of its investment and financing activities are managed through subsidiaries and fund companies in Luxembourg and Jersey. The Group is headquartered in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Helvetia is active in the life and non-life business, and also offers customised specialty lines and reinsurance cover. Its business activities focus on retail customers as well as small and medium-sized companies and larger corporates. With some 6,500 employees, the company provides services to more than 5 million customers. With a business volume of CHF 8.51 billion, Helvetia generated underlying earnings of CHF 491.8 million in the 2016 financial year. Helvetia is also committed to the environment and to society in many ways. The registered shares of Helvetia Holding are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange under the symbol HELN.
Helvetia has ambitious goals in its three operating segments: in its home market, it aims to be the best Swiss insurance company, thus providing a solid foundation for the Group. It also intends to substantially improve its position in Europe and expand its standing as a selective niche player in the Specialty Markets market area. Helvetia aims to achieve these goals through the consistent implementation of its helvetia 20.20 strategy.