Solothurn: Economy

Solothurn features a balanced mix of economic sectors. The Canton is especially attractive as a business location, due to its location on the Swiss plateau. Good links to rail and road networks make the cities of Basel, Berne, Biel/Bienne, Lucerne and Zurich accessible in less than one hour. The Canton also benefits from air links via its airport at Grenchen.  


Economy of the region

Solothurn also provides the location for the Swiss and European headquarters of major international groups such as:

  • Atel Holding Olten
  • Synthes Solothurn
  • Stryker
  • Alpic InTech


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


  • Medical engineeringMedical engineering

    The Canton is home to some of the world's leading manufacturers and providers of orthopaedic and medical engineering products.

  • TelecomsTelecoms

    Research and further development in the field of telecommunications are an important part of the cantonal economy.

  • Precision and mechanical engineeringPrecision and mechanical engineering

    Precision and mechanical engineering form the economic backbone of the Canton.

  • Logistics and distributionLogistics and distribution

    The supply of quality building components is a major economic factor in the region.


For more information on economy in the Canton of Solothurn


Cantonal Departement of economie and work

Solothurn Economic Development
Economieflash Canton of Solothurn


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