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) offer this and more. It is the most populous and most densely populated of Germany's 16 federal states. With its location factors NRW is the most important economic region in Germany and for years one of the most popular investment destinations for foreign companies in Europe. You can familiarize yourself with NRW, too! We have compiled the best location factors.
NRW: Germany's No. 1 investment location
More foreign investments flow into NRW than into any other federal state. This makes NRW, with its location factors, Germany's leading investment location. Some 18,000 international companies have already discovered the location advantages for themselves: They control their German or European operations from NRW. > More
NRW: Germany's leading business location
This is where the heart of the economy beats: NRW is the most populous federal state in Germany. At around 645 billion euros, its approx. 17.6 million inhabitants generate more than a fifth of the total German GDP. 14 of the 40 largest German trading companies have their headquarters here. > More
Gateway to Europe with an excellent infrastructure
With international airports, a dense network of railroads, freeways, highways and rural roads, NRW stands for a new dimension in mobility. And with 720 kilometers of waterways and 120 ports, including the largest inland port in the world in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia offers the best location conditions for transport and logistics.
R&D: Europe's densest research landscape
The densest research network in Europe is to be found in NRW. Many thousands of scientists and developers conduct research at more than 100 research institutes and technology centers affiliated with the universities. Location factors like these provide excellent conditions for innovation and technology transfer. > More
Highly qualified workforce
NRW is a state of highly qualified academics and skilled professionals. At 70 universities and colleges, 716,500 students are preparing themselves for a successful future career. The highly advanced enterprises in the state produce excellently trained skilled professionals. > More
The largest trade fair venue in Germany and worldwide
See and be seen at the largest trade fair venue in the world. NRW is not only Germany's No. 1 investment location, but with Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen and Cologne, also the No. 1 trade fair location worldwide. Over 100 leading international trade fairs such as anuga, boat, drupa, MEDICA and photokina attract about six million visitors to the investment location every year. > More
Competitive taxation system
The total tax burden on corporations in Germany is just below 30 percent, putting it at a medium level internationally. This therefore provides companies with much more leeway for their investments. > More
Successful mix: Large corporations and SMEs
In NRW approx. 747,000 small and medium-sized enterprises form the economic backbone of the region. Many of them are global market leaders in their respective industries. These champions and hidden champions achieve excellence in business, science and technology as well as being innovation drivers. This makes them popular cooperation partners with international investors in research & development as well as in production & service. > More
Excellent commercial sites and commercial real estate
On an area of over 34,000 square kilometers in NRW, companies find the best conditions for their spatial development. Commercial sites and real estate for every need are available at internationally competitive rates. > More
High quality of life in one of Europe's richest cultural landscapes
In addition to hard location factors, NRW also offers great scope for stimulation and relaxation outside the bustling business world. Theaters, opera houses, museums and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites form a very special cultural landscape. Recreation is provided by natural parks, such as the Eifel National Park, lakes and romantic moated castles. NRW is all this and much more. > More
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Good grades are and will remain a decisive factor to be on a successful path to a desired university. This is reflected by the fact that the ‘numerus clausus’ often decides if prospective students are allowed to study certain subjects. But the focal point is also shifting here. Germany is starting to incorporate practices that have long since been used in other countries.
Hamburger Containerboard invests EUR20m in Gelsenkirchen03.02.2017
Hamburger Containerboard, part of Austrian Prinzhorn Holding, European market leaders in the recycling, paper and packaging industry, invests EUR20m in the production facility in Gelsenkirchen (former Fritz Peters GmbH).
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Discover NRW: Interactive Map
Discover the advantages of Germany's No. 1 investment location on the interactive map!