A dynamic business location with persuasive location factors, situated in the heart of Europe, North Rhine-Westphalia 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.
North Rhine Westphalia
NRW is full of highly qualified workers and academics. This is ensured by the 70 universities and universities of applied sciences with 768,000 students. More than one in four academics in Germany is trained in NRW, and nearly one in eight students in NRW has a foreign passport. This makes NRW Germany's No. 1 breeding ground for talent.
In almost no other region of Europe will companies find better conditions for transportation and logistics. Six airports offer more than 400 direct international flights to destinations worldwide. NRW has the densest rail network in Germany with about 6,000 kilometers of tracks. More than 2,200 kilometers of freeways and around 720 kilometers of waterways with 120 ports, including the world's largest inland port in Duisburg, ensure the best international connection.
NRW.Invest conducts international marketing for Germany's No. 1 investment location, campaigning worldwide for foreign direct investments for North Rhine-Westphalia. Besides subsidiaries in Japan and the U.S., NRW.Invest operates branch offices in China, India, Israel, South Korea, Poland, Russia, Turkey and the UK. NRW.Invest supports companies with investment projects or business locations in North Rhine-Westphalia.
North Rhine-Westphalia is home to one of the most powerful industrial regions in Europe. NRW's industry contributes about 28 percent of the state's and nearly 20 percent of Germany's gross value added. The most important industries are mechanical engineering, chemicals, food, beverage and metal production. Moreover, NRW is one of the key centers of the German automotive industry.
NRW also offers plenty of room for variety and excitement outside the state's vibrant economic life. Attractions for visitors from all over the world include the event and shopping centers in Düsseldorf, Cologne and the Ruhr metropolis. More than 900 museums and 130 theaters make the state one of the most diverse cultural regions in Europe, on par with Paris and London. UNESCO has declared five buildings in NRW World Heritage Sites.