Sondrio's economy is based around the service sector, with tourism playing a central role. Manufacturing and construction are still very important, but the quality of the land and a number of acclaimed local products mean that agriculture is the province's forte.
On the whole the economy is made up of small and micro companies (more than 60% are individual companies, reaching around 90% in some sectors).
Another plus is the quality of life. Companies and the public enjoy first-class services and the area is extremely safe. The performance of the financial sector and range of local banks is also worth noting. Moreover, Sondrio is strategically located: the province is part of important infrastructure networks (railways, motorways and airports).
Sondrio has always been an important crossroads for people throughout the ages and today the province is at the heart of a road network that encompasses Brescia, Como and Lecco. There is also a direct road link with Switzerland.
Sondrio's superb location has seen it develop as an important commercial centre over the years and the area is undoubtedly a crucial gateway for trade between Lombardy and northern Europe. Well-equipped industrial areas are widely available in the province.
Workers in Sondrio are experienced, skilled about what they do. There are dedicated recruitment support tools for young graduates, aimed at maintaining a high level of specialization.
The quality of life in Sondrio is very high and the city is in the Italian top ten. This is undoubtedly an important factor in the success of business projects in the region.
Finally, the high level of hydroelectric power generation and the region's focus on environmental issues make Sondrio the sensible choice for businesses in the sector. Indeed, since 2010 an increasing number of firms have decided to invest here. Sondrio boosts a strong banking system, with two banks quoted on the Stock Exchange and reveals low insolvency in trade activities.