The healthcare industry in NRW
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The healthcare industry in NRW

The healthcare industry in North Rhine-Westphalia is a prime mover for growth and innovation. North Rhine-Westphalian enterprises figure prominently on the international stage, above all in the medical engineering sector. The pharmaceuticals industry with its numerous global players is a defining feature of the healthcare industry in NRW. Close cooperation between science and industry is a key success factor. Six university hospitals plus numerous non-university research establishments not only maintain scientific excellence but also provide state-of-the-art training for tomorrow's healthcare professionals.

Did you know ...

… that the world's smallest artificial heart was developed in Aachen?
… that the HAL exoskeleton suit developed by Cyberdyne enhances the mobility of people with physical disabilities?
... that with eight transplant centers NRW has the densest network of this kind in Germany?

Quick Facts

1.3 m

More than 1.3 million people are employed in the healthcare sector in NRW.

1 bn €

Around 200 medical technology companies (the majority of which are SMEs) generate sales of nearly €1 billion.


In NRW there are around 4,400 pharmacies, nearly 2,400 outpatient care providers and over 2,450 nursing homes.


new jobs
Between March 2009 and December 2015 around 184,000 new jobs were created in the NRW healthcare sector.

World's largest medical trade show takes place in NRW: MEDICA

MEDICA trade fair takes place in NRW

Every year trade visitors from all over the world gather at MEDICA – the World Forum for Medicine – which focuses on medical technology, electro-medicine, laboratory equipment, diagnostics and medical products. More than 5,200 exhibitors of 71 nations focused on the latest trends and showcased products, processes and services for the complete spectrum of inpatient and outpatient care.

Healthcare enterprises in NRW

The healthcare industry in NRW encompasses large international corporations as well as highly specialized SMEs. Their activities focus on pharmaceuticals, life science and medical engineering:

UCB Pharma
Bayer HealthCare

Cologne Cathedral: The most visited monument of Germany

Cologne Cathedral

Category: Cultur/Art

Region: Köln/Bonn

A native of Cologne is known by his love of Kölsch (beer), carnival and of course the cathedral. The sight of the two cathedral spires enthrals not just the natives but 6 million visitors from all corners of the world annually, making the Cologne Cathedral the most visited landmark of Germany.

When completed, in 1880, the "High Cathedral of Cologne" was the biggest building in the world. At 157.38 m, the Gothic cathedral is currently Europe’s second-tallest church building. The architecture kept to the mediaeval plans for the most part, despite 600 years of construction. The West face of the cathedral, including the two towers, has a surface area of 7,100 m² making it the largest church facade in the world.

A European masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the cathedral was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The reliquary of the remains of The Three Kings inside the Catholic church draws scores of visitors, as does the stained glass in the southern transept window, created by the famous German artist, Gerhard Richter, in 2007.

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

Germany’s No. 1 Economic Region

The excellent infrastructure, the central location and the high qualifications of the people make North Rhine-Westphalia an economic power of international standing. In terms of numerous economic statistics, NRW is world class.