Glarus: high-tech industry and the world's most direct democracy.

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The geographically diverse canton of Glarus is an industrial centre in Switzerland, and a place where business and family-life cohesively combine in an Alpine setting.

Located in the heart of Switzerland, business-minded Glarus is unique and multi-faceted. It is home to approximately 38,000 inhabitants and one of the strongest industrialised areas in the country, which clearly shows that a mountainous canton can still be an attractive location for economic growth.

A business hub

The highly varied and export-oriented industry in Glarus provides an ideal partnership for the greater Zurich-area market. Existing industrial networks in construction, plastics, electronics, machine tools, aviation, automotive, chemistry and mechatronics (a combination of mechanics and electronics) support the further development of the economy.

Due to the business climate in Glarus, the canton is an ideal location to develop new business relationships. There is a longstanding tradition of pioneering entrepreneurial character throughout the canton's history. And the citizens of this scenic canton are reliable, motivated and business-minded partners.

Due to its geographical location, Glarus is closely connected to the business metropolis of Zurich. By car or train, the city centre is within 30 minutes of the Glarus border, and within an hour of the canton capital city.

The European domestic market also lies within close proximity; the two southernmost German states of Baden-Wurttemberg and Bavaria, and Austria's Vorarlberg are all within two hours of the cantonal border.

Glarus is situated directly between the cantons of Zurich and Graubunden, connecting central and eastern Switzerland. Glarus is very well linked by Highway A3 and a network of railways.

From Ziegelbrucke there is a direct S-Bahn connection to the Zurich airport as well as national and international railway connections (IC, EC). The "Glarner Sprinter" offers direct train service for business commuters traveling between Glarus and Zurich. And, in addition, the regional airport in Mollis offers services for both business and sightseeing.

Glarus has a long history of supporting the advancement of existing enterprises, while also welcoming the creation of new jobs. The notion behind a successful business climate is a healthy stable economy.

Direct democracy

The highest decision making body in Canton Glarus is the landsgemeinde or provincial assembly, an annual meeting comprising all citizens of voting...

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