Social Innovations In The Swiss Mountain Region

Jungfrau Region

The Jungfrau region with its approximately 6,000 inhabitants is one of the most famous tourist regions in Switzerland, not least because of its immediate proximity to the world-famous mountain panorama around the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. For more than a decade, the hotel businesses in the two main towns of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen have recorded around one million overnight stays per year - and the trend is rising slightly (BFS 2018b). This is reflected in their economic structure: more than three-quarters of all employees worked in the third sector in 2015 (FSO 2018a); the share of micro and small enterprises (up to 49 employees) was more than 85% in 2016 (FSO 2016a). The construction industry is also growing - private construction investments in Grindelwald more than tripled between 2013 and 2016 (FSO 2016b).

Grindelwald Karte
Picture: Tschubby / License: Creative Commons by-sa 3.0

BFS. 2018a. Regionalporträts 2018: Gemeinden, Neuchatel.

BFS. 2018b. HESTA, Neuchatel.

BFS. 2016a. Statistik der Unternehmensstruktur (STATENT), Neuchatel.

BFS. 2016b. Bau- und Wohnbaustatistik, Neuchatel.