Basel City: Economy


Located in the border triangle between Germany, France and Switzerland, the Canton of Basel City is Switzerland’s most dynamic economic region and, as always, its gateway to Europe. 


Economy of the region

Several Swiss and international corporations have their headquarters in Basel City:

  • Syngenta AG
  • Roche AG
  • Coop AG
  • Panalpina AG 


The regional economy is based on staple sectors such as:


  • ChemicalsChemicals

    Basel is one of the largest centres of the chemical industry. With the pharmaceutical industry, the industry forms “Bio Valley.”

  • PharmaceuticalsPharmaceuticals

    Life sciences account for the largest share of the region’s value creation. Basel represents about 40% of the world’s life sciences industry.

  • Finance and insuranceFinance and insurance

    In addition to Zurich and Geneva, Basel is another Swiss financial centre.

  • Logistics and distributionLogistics and distribution

    Many logistical and distribution companies contribute to the Canton’s economic prosperity.


For more information on economy in the Canton of Basel City

Economy of the Canton of Basel

Business Centre Basel
Office of Economic and Labour Affairs

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