Why setting up your business in the canton of Neuchâtel? 

Setting up your business in the canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland – The canton of Neuchâtel offers a constellation of benefits when it comes to business domiciliation.

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4 good reasons to set up your business in the canton of Neuchâtel, in Switzerland.

Geographical location

The canton of Neuchâtel is located in the northwestern part of Switzerland. It thus offers an ideal geographical position in the center of Europe. It is also the meeting point of Basel, Geneva and Zurich. Indeed, all of them are located less than 2 hours by car from Neuchâtel; thanks to the fast and attractive highways and roads.

BONUS: the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds has an airport connecting hundreds of general aviation airports in Europe. 

Tax advantages

Of course, the geographical advantages are more than interesting. But the main advantage lies in the attractive tax system that the canton of Neuchâtel offers for companies and corporations. Indeed, Neuchâtel is thus the most interesting French-speaking canton in terms of corporate taxation, thanks to its tax rate of 13.57%.

Thanks to the 2019 tax reform, the cantonal and communal tax rate has been reduced from 10% to 7.2%; “which is equivalent to a net rate at all three institutional levels of 13.6%”. (, Republic and Canton of Neuchâtel)

This ensures a stable tax system and security for companies, even international ones. A major advantage that will not be matched elsewhere… And also another good reason for setting up your business in the canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Ecosystem and wealth

The Canton of Neuchâtel is also an agile, diversified and dynamic ecosystem that combines with a stable and flourishing economic context; this to result in a wealth of varied industries offering specific know-how that can be transposed to your business. Isn’t this ideal? 

The field of high-level education is certainly very well represented in this canton, thanks in particular to its university ranked among the top 20 small universities in the world.  But what contributes to its wealth is especially the variety of industries residing in the canton. Indeed, luxury Maisons and manufactures, blockchain, industrial engineering, biopharmaceutical production, materials engineering, Medtech, photovoltaics and micromechanics are all found here, showing a small extract of the industries and skills that make the region live. 

In addition, there are numerous professional associations such as the FNSO, the Neuchâtel federation of professional associations of the Second Oeuvre, the FER Neuchâtel, the Federation of Romandie companies Neuchâtel, and the AIP, the Industrial and Employers’ Association. This varied offer allows everyone to find what they need or want. 

Moreover, the Canton’s location gives you access to a quality Swiss or European workforce. It will also allow you to evolve in a multilingual environment with more than 40 free trade agreements in the world. These dimensions are notably linked to the presence of numerous talents and a start-up incubator promoting innovation. Another tax bonus: the canton provides for an additional deduction of 150% of actual costs for R&D. Who can beat that?

The good life in the canton of Neuchâtel

In Neuchâtel

The cherry on top of the cake, Neuchâtel offers a qualitative and ideal living environment, located between lake and mountains. Spring and summer are warm and favorite periods for a picnic by the lake, with a breathtaking view of the sunset on the lake.

It is also the time of the festivals, and Festi’Neuch does not miss the boat by gathering every year international artists and music lovers. No less than 50,000 people fell in love with this lakeside setting during the 2019 edition.

And, of course, no one talks about Neuchâtel without mentioning its mythical Fête des Vendanges, which enlivens the city for an entire weekend at the end of September and brings together young and old during the festivities.

In La Chaux-de-Fonds

La Chaux-de-Fonds, on the other hand, relies on its watchmaking heritage; the latter is fueled by an extraordinary precision, growing complexity, rigor and meticulousness. Its international watchmaking museum witnesses the latter and traces the history of time measurement in the city that has been the birthplace of this activity.

To stay in the museums’ theme and to appeal to both young and old, the Muzoo, a fusion of the terms museum and zoo, is one of the favorite attractions for locals and tourists.

If summer is synonymous with the beach for you, the annual La plage des 6 pompes has become one of the city’s key international festivals, mixing a festive and cultural atmosphere, with shows and street arts as well as entertainment for all tastes. 

On the natural side, the mountainous region of La Chaux-de-Fonds offers a multitude of landscapes; ideal to discover these during the 4 seasons.

For ski lovers, the Chapeau-Râblé small ski station will fill your winter evenings with its romantic view of the illuminated city.

Whether by bike, running or snowshoeing, the country roads are the scene of unexpected rendez-vous with the local fauna and offer a simple getaway to clear your mind. 

You are a young entrepreneur, commuter, self-employed, looking for new challenges and wanted to get started but were still hesitating? This article has undoubtedly eased your fears.

It’s the right time for setting up your business in the canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Setting up your business in the canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

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