Berne: Economy

Berne benefits from its central location at the heart of Switzerland and at the centre of Europe. Its close proximity to European centres of technology makes Berne an ideal business location for small and medium-sized enterprises as well as major corporations. The service sector is the largest economic sector and source of employment in the Canton of Berne. Tourism is a significant driver of the economy in the Bernese Oberland, while industry is important in the regions of the Bernese Jura, Oberaargau, Biel/Bienne-Seeland and Emmental.


Economy of the region

Berne also provides the location for the Swiss and European headquarters of big international groups such as:

  • The Swatch Group
  • Galenica Group
  • Fenaco
  • Swisscom
  • Rehau
  • Mikron
  • Feintool
  • Ammann
  • CSL Behring
  • ebay
  • T-Systems


The region's economy is based on established staple industries, e.g:


  • TourismTourism

    Especially for the region of the Berner Oberland, tourism is one of the strongest economy factors.

  • AgricultureAgriculture

    Most oft the farmers in the region oft Emmental are Milk farmers.

  • precision industryprecision industry

    The Bernese Jura is the most important center of precision industry

  • wine-growingwine-growing

    The biggest wine growing region is located on the northern hillside of the lake of Biel


More economic information on the Canton of Berne

Economic Directorate of the Canton of Berne (link only in German)

Bern Economic Development Agency BEDA

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