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The province of Como is one of the most industrialised and economically advanced areas in Lombardy. 50,758 companies (mainly SMEs) are based here: 40% are secondary sector businesses, 55% tertiary sector (which is currently undergoing strong growth) and 5% specialise in agriculture.
Como's wonderful location and long history as a popular tourist destination have helped preserve its craft sector, which is still renowned around the world today.
Como's business environment is very healthy: there is 1 company per 12 inhabitants and the province boasts a professional, specialist workforce. Around 39% of the population work in industry, 60% in the service sector and the remaining 1% in agriculture. The quality of products from the area is reflected in the number and value of exports. In 2010 alone they amounted to Euro 4,581 million.