Lots More Than Cuckoo Clocks

Strong Network of Key Industries

Baden-Württemberg is characterised by an excellent geographic position bordering France to the west, and Switzerland and Austria to the south. A network of highways and international airports provide the local economy with an excellent infrastructure, offering fast transport to suppliers and to a market of about 400 million customers throughout Europe.

Home to Global Players

Global players such as DaimlerChrysler, Bosch, Porsche, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and SAP are based in Baden-Württemberg. But also many small and medium-sized companies in Baden-Württemberg also lay claim to a leading position.

Cultural Diversity – International Outreach

In global terms, the state has established cooperative arrangements and partnerships, welcoming people from all around the world. Therefore, Baden-Württemberg is also a state with a wide range of cultural diversity: 1.26 million inhabitants of Baden-Württemberg are non-German. A large number of international schools and universities contribute to a world-class education, also for non-German citizens. At the same time, Baden-Württemberg's traditions such as local dialects, literature, costumes, music and cuisine are preserved and supported.

Schools and Universities – Investing in the Future

As Baden-Württemberg views education, science and research as its most important investment in the future, the state offers a higher education landscape featuring a wide range of diverse universities. Plus, more than 100 independent research institutes enjoy close links to the state's universities.

An Attractive Place to Live and Work

Baden-Württemberg not only offers quite good conditions for companies but also for people working here. Baden-Württemberg boasts one of lowest unemployment figure throughout Germany. Its beautiful landscapes include the Black Forest and Lake Constance, as well as medieval towns like Heidelberg and Tübingen. Statistically, more than 900 nature conservation areas and 6,000 historical monuments constitute one quarter of the state's area, so there are lots of opportunities to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Facts and Figures

  • Population: 10.7 million
  • Area: 35,752 km²
  • GDP: €364 billion

Innovation Culture

  • 4.4% of GDP in R&D
  • 140 patent applications per 100,000 inhabitants
  • excellent research institutes and universities
  • strong creative industries, ICT, automotive and engineering sectors

Higher Education

  • 9 universities
  • 6 teacher training colleges
  • 8 art academies
  • 25 universities of applied science
  • 21 non-governmental universities