The Business and Residential Promotion in Obwalden is your first contact for information about Obwalden as a place of residence and a business location. We support you competently and discreetly with our free services. The Business and Residential Promotion in Obwalden maintains a strong political network. We establish contacts for you in an efficient and uncomplicated manner and support you with a lot of know-how and experience in your settlement process.
The Canton of Obwalden is nestled between the internationally renowned towns of Lucerne and Interlaken. A pleasant climate, a healthy mix of living, recreational and business areas as well as a diverse social and cultural network make this Canton unique. The open and imposing mountains are reflected in the character of the local population, which persuades and inspires visitors again and again.
Companies will find excellent tax terms in Obwalden. Our corporate taxes are among the lowest in Switzerland. Companies have access to a first-class labour market with well-trained, motivated, skilled workers.
The business centre microPark Pilatus provides a company network in the micro, nano and high-tech sector and ideal conditions for start-up companies. In addition, the Canton has a very strong foothold in the food and plastics industries. Internationally active companies like Leister Technologies AG and maxon motor AG believe in Obwalden as a business location and its economic prospects.
Individuals benefit from the flat tax rate. The inheritance and gift tax will be abolished effective 1 January 2017. As a result, the Canton of Obwalden will be the only Canton - other than the Canton of Schwyz - with no inheritance and gift tax.
The professional apprenticeship, which offers exciting career prospects, is strongly rooted here; the 'Matura' (Swiss baccalaureate) can be obtained both in Sarnen and in Engelberg. It is also possible to obtain the bilingual 'Matura' in German and English at the Stiftschule Engelberg (Engelberg Monastery School). Our very central location favours access to colleges and universities. The small scale of the area featuring short distances, a good network, and a family-like atmosphere sustainably promotes clever minds that advance the Canton with their innovative and pioneering spirit.
The outstanding connections found here provide ideal access to both domestic destinations and to the European Union. International flights to other foreign destinations are offered out of Zurich-Kloten International Airport, which can be reached in 55 minutes.
The very well-developed rail network also offers quick connections to Swiss cities and surrounding countries.
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