Dynamic business location
Basel is the most dynamic eco-nomic region in Switzerland and one of the most productive and innovative locations worldwide. It provides jobs for some 30,000 people from Switzerland and abroad. In the past few years, the growth posted by the Basel region was well above the average for Switzerland. The life sciences industry headed by renowned companies such as Novartis, Roche, Lonza, Bayer and Syn-genta generates by far the biggest share of value added in the Basel region. Other key industries include the financial sector as well as logistics and trade.
On the road to Europe
Favoured by its geographic location on the traditional north-south route through Europe, the Basel region has always been a major trading centre for goods. Many international companies use Basel as a base from where to access the European market.
The exceptionally high level of education among the local populace makes it possible for companies to recruit highly qualified employees. This is reflected – even in international comparison – in the impressive productivity figures. As a border town, Basel also benefits from the availability of German and French employees (cross-border workers): Around 36,000 pass through the border controls on their way to work every day, and many of them are highly qualified specialists. And more employees come from further afield: people from more than 160 nations live and work in Basel.
Services and Leading Companies
There are several helpdesks for companies who are already based in Basel or who wish to start offices here: The Economic Development Unit of the Canton of Basel-Stadt and BaselArea.swiss offer many services for companies who are already based in Basel or who wish to start offices here, from counselling for start-ups, through information for employees and employers, up to and including the promotion of Innovation.