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Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

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The location marketing campaign "Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen" calls on local citizens, business people, scientists and inventors and other personalities from NRW to present their outstanding achievements in a national, European and international context.

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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. 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 27.0 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.

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NRW.INVEST GMBH

Economic Development Agency of the
German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4, 40219 Düsseldorf, Germany

+49 211 13000-0
+49 211 13000-154

Strong business location for foreign direct investments

NRW is the No. 1 region for foreign capital in Germany. With 180.9 billion euros at the end of 2015, the state recorded the highest percentage (27.0 percent) of all 16 federal states of direct investments in Germany, which totaled 670 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 147.1 billion euros, corresponding to a national share of 31.8%.

Excluding Luxembourg due to its special role as a financial hub, the Netherlands is the largest investor in NRW. It accounts for 19.7% of the direct investment volume in the state, followed by the USA (6.7 %) and France (6.5%).

Also leading in investment projects

While the general trend of investment activity in western Europe is declining slightly, the Federal Republic of Germany continues to assert itself as an attractive destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) – since 2010 the number of foreign investment projects in Germany has risen continuously. With a share of 23% of all foreign direct investments in Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia tops the list when compared with the other federal states.

In 2016, the investment location North Rhine-Westphalia recorded 413 greenfield and expansion projects. The top 5 investor countries for investment projects in North Rhine-Westphalia are Greater China, the USA and the Netherlands, followed by Turkey and Japan.

Sources: fDi Markets, EIM European Investment Monitor, GTAI, own survey

Winner in ranking "European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016/17"

Both the figures and the survey results confirm NRW as the No. 1 investment location: In the current ranking "European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016/17" of fDi magazine, a subsidiary of the British Financial Times, the business location North Rhine-Westphalia occupies first place in the category "European Region Overall" in a European comparison – ahead of Île-de-France, the South-East of England and Baden-Württemberg. 

 

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International companies in NRW

Nowhere else in Germany is the number of foreign companies and their importance to the economy greater than in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Service for investors

NRW.INVEST accompanies an investment project confidentially from the first step to successful completion.

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New opportunities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Your No. 1 investment location in Germany – Facts and figures