Current data

The information below only concern the Business and Enterprise Register.

For statistical data about enterprises, please consult the structural business statistics STATENT (only available in german, french or italian)

On June 9, 2017 the BER contains 925'385 active local units.

Number of units in BER




Legal Unit






Active 1'149'885 11'486 795'241 925'385
Inactive 23'855 152 201'188 229'557
Cessation 962'344 12'908 962'346 1'289'167
Unknown * * 84'562 89'647
Fictive * * 92'746 922'838
Total 2'136'084 24'546 2'136'083 3'456'594

Data on the number of units in the BR are regularly updated and posted on this page.

Status of units (economic):

  • active (includes units with person employed above the compulsory threshold for enterprise statistics from AVS data, units with personnel below the AVS threshold or active administrative units where it is not possible to determine the employment)
  • inactive (existing local unit without person employed, "enterprise mailbox", or real estate company or a dormant unit, or a local of business without a permanent job or a unit which ceased activity but the legal unit is still active, if a warehouse, in the case of an investment company or financial (Special purpose entity - SPE)
  • cessation
  • unknown (new enterprise / reactivation, it is not know if there is any person employed)
  • fictive (administrative unit, local unit legal in relationship with the legal unit)


Federal Statistical Office Section Business Register
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel


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