The state capital of Northrhine Westphalia
Düsseldorf is home to the government of North Rhine-Westphalia, the most densely populated state in Germany. The city on the Rhine is situated in the heart of the Rhine-Ruhr region, one of the largest economic regions in Europe with 11.4 million inhabitants.
A total of 155 million people (31 percent of the total population) live within a radius of 500 kilometres. This represents half the buying power of the EU: a vast market for businesses. Around 100,000 companies are based in the economic area of Düsseldorf.
Location in the heart of Europe
With its central location and outstanding transport links, Düsseldorf guarantees access to the markets of Europe.
Today more than 100,000 businesses operate in the economic region of Düsseldorf, with 39,000 based in the city zone itself.
The 10-minutes business city
No other city in Germany offers such close proximity between the inner city zone, the airport and the trade fair grounds. From the airport to the trade fair centre or the heart of town takes just 10 minutes: business doesn’t get more efficient than this. The main office districts are a stone’s throw from one another.
A comparison of German metropolitan areas
Key data of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area including the state capital Düsseldorf
- 11.4 million inhabitants
- with 3.6 million employed
- 45 universities and universities of applied sciences with more than 300,000 students
- 4.0 million inhabitants
- 1.4 million employed
- 4.3 million inhabitants
- 1.4 million employed
Rhine-Main region (Frankfurt)
- 5.2 million inhabitants
- 1.9 million employed
- 2.6 million inhabitants
- 1.1 million employed
- 2.4 million inhabitants
- 1.1 million employed
International metropolitan areas in comparison
Paris – Ile de France
- 10.9 million inhabitants
- 7.1 million inhabitants
Metro-Region New York
- 14.0 million inhabitants
Global business hub
An international location for numerous multinational concerns in different sectors, Düsseldorf makes the ideal base in Europe.
- The economic area Düsseldorf is home to more than 5,000 branch offices and subsidiaries of foreign firms.
- Düsseldorf is a front-runner in terms of direct foreign investment.
- For the Japanese, Düsseldorf has been the nerve centre for the continent of Europe for many years.
- Dynamic base for Chinese companies
- 40 diplomatic missions, 33 foreign chambers of commerce and funding agencies facilitate business contacts and foster a climate of international business in the city on the Rhine.
- International schools hosting 950 students from 44 countries
- Several international kindergartens
Trade fairs and conferences
Hosting around 50 international trade fairs – 24 of which are world-leading events – Düsseldorf ranks as one of the most important trade fair venues in the world. Every year, as many as two million visitors from every corner of the globe visit as many as 33,000 international exhibitors to learn about the latest developments and innovations on the market.
The leading trade fairs include:
A+A, boot, CARAVAN Salon, drupa, glasstec, interpack, K, Medica, ProWein, REHACARE INTERNATIONAL, wire and Tube.
Düsseldorf: the conference venue
The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia is one of Germany’s foremost conference cities. With the CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf, large conference hotels, a wealth of conference amenities and attractive special event locations, the city of Düsseldorf has the full range of conference and meeting facilities.
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A perfect infrastructure
Serving more than 22 million passengers per year and almost 190 global destinations, Düsseldorf Airport is the third largest airport in Germany. Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Paris and Zurich are all an hour’s flight away. There is also a permanent link to the rail network, with 300 trains calling at the airport’s own railway station daily.
Düsseldorf is integrated into Europe’s densest network of motorways, with 13 motorway junctions within the city itself. Amsterdam and Brussels are two hours away by road, with Paris reachable in four hours.
More than 900 trains arrive at the main station daily, around 150 of which are long-distance trains.
The city by the Rhine benefits from two large ports linking directly to international waterways. The Neuss-Düsseldorfer ports make up the third largest inland harbour in Germany, handling 16 million tons of cargo annually. The biggest inland harbour in Europe is just 20 kilometres down the Rhine in Duisburg.
The triumvirate of water, road and rail enables the best possible combination of logistical concepts, with expert, locally based logistics service providers ensuring problem-free shipments around the world.
An excellent grounding
Education in Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf is part of the densest network of higher education institutions and research facilities in Germany – the guarantee of a highly qualified workforce as well as innovation. More than half a million students are currently studying at 30 public-sector and 26 private universities across the Rhine-Ruhr region. More than 11 percent of all employees in Düsseldorf have a university degree, well above the average for Germany.
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf is one of the principal higher education institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia, with faculties for medicine, mathematics and science, economics, philosophy and law. Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences offers courses in the fields of economic sciences, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, microsystems technology, logistics, media, architecture and design.
- Heinrich Heine University
- Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences
The possibilities are rounded out with a range of top-class private universities offering full-time and extra-occupational programmes:
- WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management
- FOM Hochschule für Ökonomie und Management www.fom.de/studienorte/studium-in-duesseldorf.html
- EMBA Europäische Medien- und Business Akademie www.emba-medienakademie.de/standorte/duesseldorf/
Educating an international generation
Thanks to a wide range of international schools and kindergartens, the children of businesspeople from abroad as well as employees in Düsseldorf benefit from the education of their choice. Options include the ISD International School of Düsseldorf (which has a thousand students of 50 nationalities), the Japanese International School, the Lycée Français, a full Greek school system, four German grammar schools with bilingual departments and several international kindergartens.
Top industries Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf is a fashion city. Its strength lies in its diversity: trade fairs, showrooms, retail outlets, trade events and numerous important businesses add up to a unique fashion scene.
Düsseldorf is one of the most important centres of commerce in Germany. The Düsseldorf metropolitan area is more than a base for trading concerns, however; it is also a vast and highly attractive marketplace.
The creative industries
Giants of the advertising scene are based in Düsseldorf, prize-winning fashion designers work here, the Kunstakademie basks in global fame and the galleries are highly regarded.
Banking and consultancy location
Düsseldorf is the second largest German banking location after Frankfurt and a top location for international management consultancy firms.
Düsseldorf has become a hotspot for Europe's digital economy, thanks to the city's unique cluster of mobile communication firms, startups and industrial manufacturing companies.
Every facet of biotechnology is represented in Düsseldorf, from college spin-offs and major companies to suppliers and service providers; the same goes for the related industries of pharmaceuticals, medical engineering and chemicals.
Düsseldorf promises a whole range of advantages to industrial businesses thanks to its location.