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The Canton of Zurich - The economic motor of Switzerland

The Canton of Zurich is the hub of choice for numerous multinational companies and accounts for more than a fifth of Switzerland's GDP.   

As one of the world's best places for quality of life and with top universities including ETH Zurich, R&D centers like Google and IBM Research can draw on a reservoir of skilled local and international professionals. Home to vibrant cities steeped in culture and an awardwinning international airport, Zurich also offers a balanced mix of innovation-driven industry clusters. The largest cluster is finance followed by ICT, life sciences and cleantech. Zurich's thriving life sciences cluster features a high share of innovative medical firms and university spin-off activities.  

The Business and Economic Development Division of the Canton of Zurich is your point of contact for business guidance, including location evaluations, setting up a business and local cluster integration.  

This is me. This too. Source: Canton Zuerich


  • Predominant industries
    Banking and finance, insurance, information and communications technology, life sciences, hightech, tourism
  • Flagship companies
    UBS, Credit Suisse, Zurich, Swiss Re, IBM Research, Google, Bucher Industries, Sonova, Zimmer Biomet, Tecan, Barry Callebaut, Autoneum
  • Recent additions
    Facebook (Meta), Oracle Labs, Takeda, Vetements, ICBC, Magic Leap, Hyundai Electric, Matternet, Amazon Web Services (AWS)


In recent years, our canton has achieved an excellent position in the international competition for business locations. Have a look at the advantages of our location. We will be happy to help you with your questions. Zurich: World Class - Swiss made.
Carmen Walker Späh
Carmen Walker Späh - Government Councillor and Economic Director of the Canton of Zurich

Industrial Site Rieter Areal: Well connected

Industrial Site Rieter Areal: Well connected

2 acres (800m2) of manufacturing/ warehouse space just 20 minutes from Zurich Airport.

Teaser Manufacturing Warehouse Spaces Rieter Areal Winterthur

More public partners

More public partners

The Greater Zurich Area Foundation and the operational Greater Zurich Area Ltd. (GZA) are supported by 11 public partners. This anchors the organization in the regional business spheres within the economic area from which settling companies benefit.

Public Private Partnerships Overview

Contact us

Can we put you in touch with a peer company or research institute? Do you need any information regarding your strategic expansion to Switzerland's technology and business center? Give us a call or drop us a line. 

+41 44 254 59 59