Lucerne: Economy

The economic area of Lucerne is growing steadily, thus making it an increasingly international place. There are many reasons why Lucerne is rapidly becoming a desirable location for enterprises and entrepreneurs: it is close to the motorway leading to Zurich, which has new feed roads from Buchrain and Rothenburg, it has several newly established international schools. As of 2012, it will have the lowest corporate tax rate in all of Switzerland. In 2010 alone, over 1,200 large and small enterprises opted for a Lucerne location. By the end of September 2011, another 1,200 were already added to that list. The Canton of Lucerne has an above-average number of enterprises in the health services, machine and construction industries. 


Economy of the region

Lucerne provides a base for major Swiss and international groups of company

  • Merck/MSD Schweiz AG
  • B. Braun Medical
  • Schindler AG
  • Electrolux AG


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


  • TourismTourism

    1 015 983 visitors spent one night or more in the Canton of Lucerne in 2009.

  • AgricultureAgriculture

    Industrialization took place relatively late in the Canton of Lucerne. So agriculture remains very important to this day.

  • Public SectorPublic Sector

    Public administration, hospitals and schools offer more than 10 000 attractive jobs.

  • MetalworkingMetalworking

    Metalworking is one of the Canton's staple industries.


For more information on culture in the Canton of Lucerne

Building, Environmental and Economic Department of the Canton of Lucerne (only available in German)

Central Switzerland Business Portal (only available in German)

Business Development Lucerne

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