Obwalden: Economy

Central Switzerland offers companies ideal business conditions, regardless of whether they are already based here, are relocating here or are just setting up. Extremely attractive tax breaks are available, along with a highly qualified workforce. The cantonal economic scene is dominated by small and medium enterprises that are active in a variety of sectors. However, agriculture has always been the dominant economic sector.


Economy of the region

Major corporations and numerous SMEs form part of the cantonal economy, such as:

  • Sika Sarnafil AG
  • Nahrin AG
  • Maxon Motor AG
  • Elfo AG


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


  • TourismTourism

    Tourists spent 653,016 nights in the Canton in 2008.

  • AgricultureAgriculture

    This sector is very much at the forefront of progress.

  • Plastics industryPlastics industry

    The technology of plastics is in constant development.

  • Food industryFood industry

    This sector is very much at the forefront of progress.


For more information on economy in the Canton of Obwalden

Economic development

Unterwalden Industrial and Business Association (only available in German)

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