The Valais in figures

In particular, the Valais stands for…

  • 47.2 % of cantonal GDP stemming from industry, SMEs and crafts

  • 12 million of overnight stays annually in the Valais

  • 2,000 km of ski runs

  • 8 to 10 million annual skier days, meaning around 30% of the national total

  • 100 million invested in 2013 in ski lift facilities

  • More than 2,000 annual hours of sunshine
  • 676 glaciers with a total surface area of 767 km2, or 14% of the total surface area of Valais

  • More than 3,600 agricultural holdings

  • The largest production of apricots in Switzerland, with 98% of national production

  • A third of Swiss vineyards with nearly 60 different grape varieties

  • Industrial production with high added value

  • 42 dams, including the world’s tallest gravity dam: the 285 m high Grande Dixence

  • 10 billion kWh per annum, or 30% of Swiss hydroelectric production

  • A centre of innovation with “The Ark Foundation” and the establishment of a branch of the EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Sion by 2017/2018

  • 20% of jobs in Valais are industry and technology-related, while 15% are in tourism

  • A training centre, with a rich pool of tertiary colleges



The Valais economy: powered by innovation!

The impressive diversity of the economic fabric of the Valais, solidly based on SMEs, as well as the level of excellence achieved by our companies, represent authentic attributes for the canton’s image. By optimising cross-sector synergies, together we will succeed in developing the image of an innovative, high-performing canton