Geneva: Economy

Not only is Geneva a financial centre of international repute, it also plays host to many businesses, including prestige watch and clock makers, pharmaceutical and chemical research companies, and major retailers. Geneva is also a base for many Swiss and foreign international companies. The 250 or so non-governmental organizations established in Geneva's territory also further our Canton's global reputation. As Swiss citizens abroad, you too are effective ambassadors for our economy and financial centre throughout the world and can play your part in linking Geneva with the wider world. Who can better convey the knowledge and values developed by our companies? You forge networks of contacts around the globe that the Canton of Geneva can benefit from. For its part, the Canton of Geneva is working to maintain strong links with its expatriates via various communication channels, as well as offering assistance to those wishing to return to Geneva…


Economy of the region

The cantonal economy features many SMEs and major corporations, such as:
  • Rolex
  • Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie
  • Merck Serono
  • Procter & Gamble


The region's economy is based on important sectors, such as:


  • FinanceFinance

    With 141 banks the canton of Geneva is the sixth world financial place.

  • Watch industryWatch industry

    In 2007, 75 companies have been active in this sector.

  • International CompaniesInternational Companies

    250 have their headquarters in Geneva.

  • BiotechBiotech

    This sector has grown steadily in recent years.


For more information on economy in  the Canton of Geneva



Department of Regional, Economic and Health Affairs

Economic Development Office

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