Germany's No. 1 investment location
Around 20,000 foreign companies have already invested in NRW and control their German or European activities from here. These include global concerns such as 3M, BP, Ericsson, Ford, Huawei, QVC, UPS, Toyota and Vodafone. They make NRW the No. 1 investment location in Germany, as more investment flows to NRW from abroad than to any other German federal state: NRW accounts for 26.1 percent of all foreign direct investments (FDI) in Germany. Foreign companies have thus become an important employer in the state, providing jobs for about one million people.
Strong business location for foreign direct investments
NRW is the No. 1 region for foreign capital in Germany. With 179.3 billion euros at the end of 2016, the state recorded the highest percentage (26.1 percent) of all 16 federal states of direct investments in Germany, which totaled 686.3 billion euros.
For financial investors in particular, the investment location NRW is an exceptionally attractive destination. The ranking of the direct investments from which the purely financial investments have been excluded also shows that NRW continues to be by far the most important destination for direct investments. Here NRW has reached a current level of 145.2 billion euros, corresponding to a national share of 29.2%.
Excluding Luxembourg due to its special role as a financial hub, the Netherlands is the largest investor in NRW. It accounts for 18.0% of the direct investment volume in the state, followed by the USA (6.6 %) and Great Britain (6.0%).
Top places in the "fDi - European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/19" Award
Both the figures and the survey results confirm NRW as the No. 1 investment location: In this year's ranking "European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018" conducted by fDi Magazine, a subsidiary of the British business paper Financial Times, in a Europe-wide comparison of the large regions with more than four million inhabitants, NRW occupies first place in the category "Human Capital and Lifestyle" ahead of the regions South East England and Paris. One of the decisive criteria for North Rhine-Westphalia‘s top ranking is the density of universities, colleges and other research institutes in the state. NRW also scores well with its large number of students, around 92,000 of whom come from abroad. The new awards confirm the unbroken attractiveness and efficiency of the business location.