| Why Basel Area


High-tech business opportunities and residential charm

Bordering the city of Basel, the Canton of Basel-Landschaft has a sophisticated infrastructure in a variety of urban and rural settings that add to quality of life (read about life in Switzerland).

Located on the borders to France and Germany, next to Basel-Stadt with easy access to the international airport, the national network of expressways as well as railways and the Rhine river, Basel-Landschaft is very well placed to meet the needs of modern businesses today. The canton is home to many chemical, life sciences and logistics companies and its reasonable costs have made it a very attractive location for businesses and for living.

Industrial parks and headquarters

The communities of Pratteln, Muttenz, Reinach, Münchenstein and Allschwil house the principal industrial and business parks in Basel-Landschaft. Here you will find the manufacturing facilities of global corporations like Novartis, Roche, and Clariant, but also very innovative high-tech companies like Endress+Hauser, or the Johnson & Johnson company, Actelion – one of the most rapidly growing bio-pharmaceutical companies worldwide.

Many leading multinationals, including Abbott and Colgate-Palmolive, have chosen Basel-Landschaft as the location for their European divisional offices. Excellent accessibility makes Basel-Landschaft a smart choice as well for logistics companies like Fiege Logistik and Planzer.

Small towns and villages

Away from the more urban areas around Basel city, the landscape is dotted with small towns and villages – an attractive location for families to set up home and enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside. But successful businesses can also be found throughout the rural side of the canton. In Laufen, just 30 minutes from the city of Basel by car, you will find Ricola, the international producer of herbal drops. Higher up in the hills is the Waldenburger Valley, home to leading companies like DePuy Synthes and Oris.

Innovation and research

Thanks to the diversity of the economy in Basel-Landschaft, you will find and excellent mix of skilled workers. The canton strongly supports research and innovation activities: The Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area offers 6,000 square meters of private and shared innovation space including laboratories and offices; the up-and-coming center for Industry 4.0, “Uptown Basel” will soon add 70,000 m2 for high-tech companies; and GETEC PARK.SWISS will create growth opportunities for new companies on site.

Facts & figures

Population: 290,000
Total area: 518 km2
Official language: German (32% speak more than two languages at work)
Main sectors:
  • Life sciences
  • Precision engineering
  • Logistics
  • Retail
  • Consumer goods

Find out what the Basel Area has to offer.

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