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Portrait of the canton of Bern

The canton of Bern lies in the heart of Switzerland. It is a bilingual canton and thus acts as a major bridge between the country’s German- and French-speaking communities. That is one of the reasons why the city of Bern, the federal capital, is also Switzerland’s main political hub.

Stunning contrasts

With an area of nearly 6,000 km2, the canton comprises a patchwork of landforms that include the wooded hills of the Bernese Jura, a broad central plateau dotted with magnificent lakes and the rugged majesty of the Bernese Oberland. Bern, Biel, Thun and the smaller towns not only have a vibrant economic life but also genuine old towns teeming with restaurants, entertainment and art galleries.
Urban life and countryside mingle with culture and landscape, tradition and modernity, work and play, infusing the canton of Bern with an enviable quality of life.

Where town and countryside mingle (Photo by Bern Tourismus)

Scale up Where town and countryside mingle (Photo by Bern Tourismus)

A choice place to do business

The canton’s central location between Europe’s hubs of technology makes it an ideal place to site buisiness. Companies of every size and form every sector of the economy exploit Bern's business-friendly operating environment, which offers moderate corporate tax rates, good transport infrastructure and a bilingual, highly skilled workforce.

Facts and Figures

  • Bern is Switzerland’s second-largest canton with an area of 6,000 km2.
  • It borders 11 other cantons.
  • It is the second most populous canton with around one million inhabitants.
  • Roughly 15 per cent of the population are foreign nationals.
  • The capital, Bern, is Switzerland’s fourth-largest city with around 140,000 inhabitants.
  • International rail service and Bern-Belp International Airport provide fast connections to numerous cities throughout Europe.
  • Intercontinental air services from Geneva and Zurich are less than an hour and a half away.


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