Overview economy

Population, economic growth, value added, sectoral structure and employment. Here you can find the most important macroeconomic figures and charts for the business location Basel.


  2010 2016 2017 2018
nominal GDP (CHF billion) 30.2 33.4 33.9 34.9*
nominal GDP (CHF per capita) 163'050 173'751 174'209 180'414*
growth in real GDP per capita 1.9 % 2.2 % 2.8 % 3.7 %*
inflation 0.8 % - 0.2 % 0.8 % 1.1 %

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

Regional economic performance



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.

Data status 2018.

Source: BAK Economics, Statistical Office of the Canton of Basel-Stadt


Business structure

Workplaces and employment by the size of the workplace

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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