The 10 best location factors for NRW
A dynamic business location with convincing location factors, situated in the heart of Europe – North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) offers all this and more. It is the most populous and most densely populated of the 16 German federal states. With its location factors, NRW is the most important economic region in Germany and has for years been one of the most popular investment locations for foreign companies in Europe. We have compiled the best location factors here.
Dynamic business location in the center of Europe
This is where the heart of the economy beats: NRW is the most populous state in Germany. At around 670 billion euros, its 17.9 million inhabitants generate more than one-fifth of the total German GDP. > More
Industrial heartland of Germany
In 2016, the industrial enterprises in North Rhine-Westphalia generated around 332 billion euros. With the Ruhr Metropolis and Südwestfalen in particular, NRW is home to the most powerful industrial regions in Europe. > More
Home of the world market leaders
One out of four German world market leaders comes from NRW. 19 of the 50 highest-grossing German companies are based in NRW, as are 12 of the 40 largest retail companies. But above all, it is the approx. 751,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that form the economic backbone of the state. This broad economic base produces top achievements. > More
Germany's No. 1 investment location
More than 19,000 foreign companies have already invested in NRW and control their German or European activities from here. 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. > More
Europe's gateway with an excellent transport infrastructure
With large international airports and Germany's densest road and rail networks, NRW stands for mobility in all dimensions. With 720 kilometers of waterways with 120 ports, including the world's largest inland port in Duisburg, NRW offers ideal conditions for transport and logistics. > More
World class in research and development
At over 60 technology and start-up centers and more than 50 non-university research institutes, many thousands of scientists and developers advance the know-how in their fields a little more every day. This creates ideal conditions for innovation and technology transfer in the densest research network in Europe. > More
One of Europe's best breeding grounds for talent
NRW is a state of highly qualified workers and academics. This is ensured by the 70 universities and universities of applied sciences where some 768,000 students are learning for a successful future career. More than one in four academics in Germany are trained in NRW. This makes NRW Germany's No. 1 breeding ground for talent. > More
Logistics competence of world renown
NRW in particular contributed to the fact that Germany was once again named the logistics world champion by the World Bank in 2016. Of the top 25 largest logistics companies in Germany, nine have their headquarters in NRW. In addition, about a quarter of all logistics centers in Germany are located in NRW. > More
Poised to become Germany's leading digital location
Every fifth German startup now comes from NRW. This is not surprising as the state offers an excellent environment for companies in the digital economy to develop in NRW: an exciting market, a strong ICT industry, an outstanding talent pool, 70 universities and top researchers in all major areas of digital change. > More
Surprisingly diverse: Quality of life in NRW
In addition to hard location factors, NRW also offers great scope for stimulation and relaxation outside the bustling business world. This is why the state is one of the most popular travel destinations in Germany. Theaters, opera houses, museums and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites form a very special cultural landscape. For activities in the outdoors, there are cycle paths and hiking trails, as well as the largest ski area north of the Alps. NRW is all this and much more – surprisingly diverse.
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