The canton of Bern benefits from its well-developed infrastructure, low corporate tax rates, an exceptional educational system, and a well-qualified and multilingual workforce. Its central location in Switzerland and in Europe is ideal for accessing European markets. As the federal capital, Bern is the political center, and as such ensures close ties with government and political representatives. A diverse group of clusters brings together companies, researchers, and educational institutions, creating an efficient business network in the canton.
The officially bilingual canton of Fribourg serves as the link between the French-speaking and German-speaking regions in Switzerland, providing access to the two most important markets in Europe. Fribourg is known for its cultural diversity and its excellent and comprehensive multilingual educational system. The educational institutes include universities as well as technical and management schools, making the canton a stronghold for apprenticeships and research. Numerous multinational companies have chosen Fribourg as the location for their international headquarters, logistic centers and R&D and manufacturing operations.
Located in the heart of Europe, between the lakes and the mountains, the canton of Vaud is Switzerland’s largest French-speaking region. It combines all the qualities associated with Switzerland: innovation, dynamic economic development and investment, productivity, high-quality education, political stability, an attractive tax framework, flexible labor laws, a highly-qualified and cosmopolitan workforce, first-rate financial services, a prosperous and diverse economy, and above all, an unparalleled quality of life.
The canton of Neuchâtel is one of the world’s most dynamic regions for the watchmaking industry. As a result of its substantial expertise in precision and innovation, acquired over centuries of experience in this creative sector, the canton of Neuchâtel has developed significant capabilities which have attracted multinational, high-tech companies in industries such as jewelry, machine tools and industrial equipment, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, electronics and microsystems, photovoltaic cells and thin layers, software development and telecommunications. In addition to these sectors, the canton of Neuchâtel has also gained significant capabilities in the field of finance.
With its deep-rooted international and multi-cultural tradition, the canton of Geneva is an ideal setting for a global enterprise. More than 140 multinational companies have already chosen to locate in the canton, in addition to the 36 international organizations, over 300 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and 200 diplomatic missions found here. The canton is a leader in a number of sectors, such as banking and financial services, international commodities and raw materials trading, life sciences, and information and communications technologies. It offers a first-class economic environment, excellent infrastructure and a highly-qualified workforce.
Valais is best known for its magnificent landscapes, exceptional climate and its rich cultural and culinary traditions. But Valais is also a center of excellence with regard to technology, applied research and innovation. Located in the heart of Europe, at the principal transportation, cultural and linguistic crossroads, Valais offers leading-edge technology parks specialized in life sciences, information and communications technologies, energy and engineering.