Kanton Schaffhausen

Canton Schaffhausen

Schaffhausen is a great business location located at the heart of a flourishing, forward-thinking region with exceptional quality of life and great places to work.

The economy of Schaffhausen is characterised by an exciting mix of international business service providers and innovative businesses with highly-developed tech capabilities. The Canton’s government has in the last 20 years consistently pursued a targeted strategy which has attracted around 600 businesses to set up operations in Schaffhausen. These now form part of the local business landscape alongside highly innovative businesses specialising in advanced manufacturing and R&D.

The reasons for Schaffhausen remain compelling: unique conditions for business growth. Attractive corporate tax rates, state-of-the-art business premises at affordable prices and competitive salary levels leaves more to invest in the development of your business.  

A key benefit is Schaffhausen’s strategic, central location – you can get to Zurich international airport in just 30 minutes. In just 15 minutes you’re in Southern Germany, widening the pool of skilled and talented staff to draw on. 

Businesses in Schaffhausen enjoy easy access to local government officials and network partners. As a result, you waste no time finding the right contact and deci-sions are made quickly. 

With an international school and growing expat community, everybody will soon feel at home. Schaffhausen offers exceptional quality of life and affordable costs of living: Schaffhausen – the perfect place for your business and your family.

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Fiscal Facts


  • Corporate tax rate
    Effective corporate tax rate: 15.9%
    Targeted total effective corporate tax rate after tax reform (TRAF): 12 to 12.5% (fact sheet)
  • Individual tax rate
    In line with the Swiss average; reductions may be agreed on an individual basis in the case of foreign entrepreneurs, senior managers and specialist staff relocating to Schaffhausen
  • Guiding thoughts & policies regarding tax holiday
    Tax holiday of up to ten years on cantonal/communal tax available dependent on number of jobs created, capital investments, long-term tax income and economic importance.
  • Innovation support & R&D grants
    Tax reductions & financial incentives are available for investments in innovation and R&D (granted via cantonal legislation). Our regional platforms such as the Schaffhausen Industry & Technology Knowledge Hub (ITS)Swiss Materials and INNO-PACK.net connect business and industry, accelerate knowledge transfer between companies and develop the capability to innovate within and beyond the business area.
    With upcoming tax reform:
    • Super-deductions on R&D costs during transition period of five years
    • Revenues generated via patents and similar IP rights benefit from a relief of 90% in the respective tax base (patent box).
    • All measures combined: maximum tax relief of 70% of taxable profits


  • Predominant industries
    Pharmaceuticals & life sciences, packaging industry, plastics & injection molding, automotive & smart mobility, data protection & cyber security
  • Flagship companies
    Cilag-Janssen (pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson), Georg Fischer, SIG Combibloc, Unilever Supply Chain / Unilever Switzerland, Bosch Packaging, AGCO, Xylem,Medtronic/Covidien, Pharmacyclics
  • Recent additions
    UBS Business Solutions Center (2017), Capita (2017), Johnson Controls Technology GmbH (2018), Linum Labs AG (2018), ASP International (2018)


For me, there are two main objectives for the Canton of Schaffhausen that stand out: We want to maintain ideal conditions for the entire economy and good quality of life for everyone.
Ernst Landolt - Regierungsrat, Vorsteher Volkswirtschaftsdepartement Kanton Schaffhausen

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