The Canton of Schwyz is a canton in central Switzerland between the Alps in the south, Lake Lucerne to the west and Lake Zurich in the north, centered on and named after the town of Schwyz.
It is one of the founding cantons of Switzerland; Switzerland's name is derived from the name of the canton, and the flag of Switzerland from its coat of arms. The Swiss Federal Charter is on display in Schwyz.
Distances here are short - Zurich International Airport is 45 minutes by car from the cantonal capital, Schwyz. In terms of road and rail transportation, the canton is ideally situated on north-south and east-west links.
People who live and work in the Canton of Schwyz are in a heterogeneous environment. Modern development zones alternate with pristine landscapes, imposing mountains and deep blue lakes. These form the backdrop to an economically successful yet authentic region steeped in tradition. The canton also boasts an impressive credit rating: Schwyz has an AAA rating with Standard & Poor‘s – the highest possible.
Schwyz borders on the conurbation areas of Zurich, Zug and Lucerne and forms part of the Greater Zurich Area. GDP growth in the canton is above the Swiss average and productivity is remarkably high. The canton offers attractive conditions both for residents and businesses. This is reflected in the steadily increasing number of domiciled companies and a growing population. The various zones of development and economic zones of the Canton of Schwyz with their ample space and land reserves are crucial to the prospects and current success of the region.
The Canton of Schwyz has a diverse corporate landscape. In addition to offering a particular focus in the area of financial services, the canton is also an attractive base for international headquarters and for companies operating in the fields of medical technology, pharmaceuticals, high-precision technology and ICT. Focus areas are reflected in a finance cluster in the Pfäffikon SZ area and a health cluster which has its geographical center between Küssnacht and Brunnen. Other industries of key importance to the Canton of Schwyz are tourism and timber.
The Canton of Schwyz has one of the lowest tax burdens in Switzerland and occupies a leading position in Europe as a whole. Its fiscal policy is sustainable and far-sighted. This makes it an attractive location for both legal entities and individuals.