Overview economy

Economic development, value added, sectoral structure and company structure. Here you can find the most important macroeconomic figures and charts for the business location Basel-Stadt.


  2010 2017 2018 2019 2020
nominal gross value added
(CHF billion)
34.8 40.7 42.2 43.5 *  -
nominal GDP
(CHF per capita,
in thousand)
165.7 197.9 204.4 209.9 *  -
growth in real GDP
per capita
2.0 % 6.4 % 2.6 % 5.5 % *  -
inflation 0.8 % 0.8 % 1.1 % 0.5 % -0.6 %

Source: BAK Economics, Statistical Office of the Canton of Basel-Stadt.
* = Estimate

Regional economic performance

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Gross value added

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Sectoral concentration and productivity

Explanation: The coefficient of localisation is created to analyse the regional specialisations of the industries. It compares the ratio of employed persons of the industry with the average ratio of the sector for total employment. A value higher than 1 indicates that in Basel-Stadt the sector is represented higher than the Swiss average.


Industry development

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Business structure

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Foreign Trade

Who are the most important trading partners of the economy in Basel-Stadt? Germany came first in terms of both imports and exports. Foreign trade in Basel-Stadt is also strongly influenced by the local economic structure: pharmaceutical products account for around 83% of exports and 70% of imports. Therefore, it can be assumed that a similar picture will emerge for Basel-Stadt's foreign trade in 2020. We have prepared a document to show you the canton’s foreign trade figures. 

Foreign Trade Figures Basel-Stadt 2019


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