Located in Europe's industrial heartland
As a business location Germany is a top address. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) plays a particular role. The region centering around the Rhine and Ruhr rivers sends out economic stimuli to the whole world.
Germany has always been a good choice for anyone seeking ideal conditions to grow and prosper. Exceptionally well-trained professionals, outstanding technological know-how and extremely high quality standards lay the foundation for a strong economy. Germany is one of the world’s leading export nations – a country that has everything going for it in Europe’s industrial heartland.
North Rhine-Westphalia plays a leading role in this success story. It has around 17.8 million inhabitants – more than any other state in Germany – and is one of Europe’s top business and cultural centers. The head offices of 19 of the top 50 German companies in terms of sales are located here and there are around 763,000 small and medium-sized enterprises, accounting for just under 70 percent of all jobs and 42 percent of the gross value added.
In addition, over 13,100 companies from other European and non-European countries operate from bases in North Rhine-Westphalia, making it a hub for the entire European market.