Glarus: Economy

In the 19th century, Glarus was one of the most industrialised regions in Europe. Everyone was talking about the economic miracle in Glarus that kick-started the textile sector. After the crisis, great efforts enabled structural change. Diversity made the economy in Glarus more resilient, even if a high dependence on exports still exists today. The metal, machine, electronic, plastic, food-processing, and chemical industries found their way into the canton, as did the production of furniture, building materials, electronics, organs, and cable cars. One advantage is the proximity to the commercial metropolis of Zurich.


Economy of the region

Numerous small and large enterprises are located in the Canton of Glarus, some of which are active internationally. The Glarus region has good transport links: Zurich is an hour away by car or train, and the major north-south axis (A3) runs through the canton. Today, over 40 percent of the approximately 18,000 residents work in manufacturing, which is more than in any other canton.


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


  • Plant and machinery constructionPlant and machinery construction
  • Plastics and electrical engineeringPlastics and electrical engineering
  • Food and environmental technologyFood and environmental technology
  • ServicesServices


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