Appenzell Ausserrhoden: Economy

The structure of Appenzell Ausserrhoden's economy has changed radically in recent decades. Formerly dominated by agriculture and the textile industry, the region's economy is now evolving.


The region's economic performance has been excellent in recent years, with local businesses increasing their sales volumes and a surge in the number of business start-ups.


Economy of the region

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

  • Cilander AG
  • Metrohm AG
  • Eschler AG
  • Herbamed AG


The economy of the Canton comprises major corporations and many SMEs. They include:


  • AgricultureAgriculture

    The primary sector represents 10% of the cantonal economy.

  • TextilesTextiles

    The textile industry provides 1177 jobs in the Canton.

  • Building and constructionBuilding and construction

    The construction industry is the second-largest source of employment in the Canton.

  • Health and social servicesHealth and social services

    With around 4000 employees, this sector provides work for the most people.


For more economic information on the Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden

Links are only available in German:

Department of the Economy and Agriculture

Economic Development

Foundation for the promotion of the cantonal economy

Explore Switzerland

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