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The Stuttgart Region – Where Growth meets Innovation

Situated at the heart of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg in the southwest of Germany, the Stuttgart Region comprises the City of Stuttgart (the state capital) and its five surrounding counties. With a population of 2.7 million, the area boasts a highly advanced industrial infrastructure and enjoys a well-earned reputation for its economic strength, cutting-edge technology, and exceptionally high quality of life. The region has its own parliamentary assembly, ensuring fast and effective decision-making on regional issues. The Stuttgart Region is the birthplace and home of Gottlieb Daimler, who invented the motor car at the end of the 19th century. Even today, vehicle design and production as well as engineering in general are a vital part of the region’s economy. Besides its traditional strengths, the Stuttgart Region is also well known for its strong creative industries and its enthusiasm for research and development. All these factors make the Stuttgart Region one of the most dynamic and efficient regions in the world – innovative in approach, international in outlook.

A Great Place to Live and Work

On average, the Stuttgart Region is blessed with more than 1,800 hours of sunshine per year. Yet this is only one reason why people especially enjoy living here. Is there any better way to relax after a long day’s work than in one of the many open-air restaurants, beer gardens, or street cafés, where guests can savour a glass of the highly rated local beer or wine? The Stuttgart Region has a rich and vibrant cultural life, which benefits from the truly diverse cultural background of its residents: people from 170 countries have found a home in the region. Events cater to a wide range of tastes: from trendy clubs and creative underground music, to world-class ballet and the awardwinning Stuttgart opera house. In addition, various theatres, art galleries, festivals, fairs and concerts – both indoor and outdoor – regularly attract a large number of visitors. With 5.6 km2 of parks and gardens, Stuttgart is one of Europe’s greenest cities. Just a short train ride takes all nature-lovers away from the bustling city and into a scenic countryside of rolling hills, woods, and lakes. For those in need of a weekend break, the Black Forest, Lake Constance and the Swiss and Austrian Alps are all within easy travelling distance.


High-Tech Economy meets International Corporations

The Stuttgart Region is one of the leading economic areas in Europe. The world or German headquarters of global players such as Daimler, Porsche, Bosch, IBM or Hewlett-Packard are based in the region. However, what characterizes the Stuttgart Region best is the well-balanced mix of global brands and extremely innovative, medium-sized companies. Both are highly export-oriented: in fact, the region’s manufacturing companies constantly generate more than half of their sales abroad. The Stuttgart Region is home to a large number of general and electrical engineering companies. Many of them are world leaders in their specialized market segments. Moreover, the region also takes pride in its publishing and media industries – both having a long tradition and a bright outlook for the future. The region systematically develops its strengths and potential, as can be seen from the example of the aerospace industry. It stands at the top of the European league table regarding emerging industries such as clean energy, fuel cell, nano- and biotechnology. Many extremely innovative companies from these fields have set up operations in the Stuttgart Region in recent years.

Top-Level Innovation and Research

The Stuttgart Region has a first-class research infrastructure with many leading universities and institutes developing cutting-edge technologies. The companies in the region invest more on research and development than anywhere else in Europe, accounting for 18 percent of corporate R&D expenditures in Germany. The result is an outstanding environment for innovation, and a consistent place at the top of the German league table regarding the number of patent applications. Many of the everyday conveniences we now take for granted – for example motor cars, spark plugs, airbags, or even coffee machines – were once invented in the Stuttgart Region. Particularly with regard to engineering and natural sciences, the region’s universities enjoy an excellent reputation – with good cause. For graduates are not only up to date with the latest scientific developments, but also have hands-on experience which they can easily transfer to the workplace. The close cooperation between universities, research establishments and companies benefits all sides – and it goes without saying that it also benefits the regional economy. Therefore, it is no coincidence that Eurostat figures reveal the Stuttgart Region to be Europe's leading high-tech area.

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