Facts and figures on Düsseldorf as a business location

Geography, population

  • Area: 217.41 km2
  • Population: 640,000
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Labor market

  • Working population: 524,000
  • Growth 2004–2017: +77,500
  • Unemployment rate 6.8%


856 employed persons per 1,000 residents

In comparison:

  • Frankfurt: 937
  • Stuttgart: 830
  • München: 746
  • Berlin: 534
  • Employed commuters into the city: 302,000
  • Commuters out of the city: 101,500

Economic strength

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  • 11.4 million residents and 503,000 companies (within 1h drive)
  • Within a 500 km radius:
    31% of the EU’s population
    50% of the EU’s buying power
  • GDP per employed person: 93,054 Euro
  • Purchasing power index: 118.8 (Germany = 100)
  • Disposable per capita income: 24,128 Euro

 

 

Rhineland metropolitan region

  • 8.6 million residents
  • 12,278 km2

In comparison:

  • Greater London
    8.7 million residents
    1,594 km2
  • New York City
    8.6 million residents
    784 km2
  • Paris Île-de-France:
    12.1 million residents
    12,012 km2

 

Germany’s largest commercial centers


Düsseldorf-Rhineland

  • 8.6 million residents
  • 4.5 million employed persons
  • 331.5 billion Euro GDP

In comparison:

Frankfurt region

  • 5.7 million residents
  • 3.1 million employed persons
  • 242.4 billion Euro GDP

Munich region

  • 5.9 million residents
  • 3.4 million employed persons
  • 279.6 billion Euro GDP

Hamburg region

  • 5.2 million residents
  • 2.7 million employed persons
  • 193.0 billion Euro GDP

Berlin region

  • 6.0 million residents
  • 2.9 million employed persons
  • 180.1 billion Euro GDP

Transportation infrastructure

Düsseldorf International Airport

  • Germany’s third largest airport
  • Around 24.6 million passengers
  • Over 220,000 flights
  • Around 101,000 t air cargo
  • 74 airlines
  • Over 200 destinations in 55 countries
  • Around 160 flight connections in Europe
  • 82 intercontinental flights per week
  • Quick access to the city, 9 km (13 min. by city train)

Rail transportation

  • Around 1,000 trains available per day
  • 170 long-distance trains daily
  • Over 300 train stops at Düsseldorf Airport station

Inland ports

  • 720 ha total area
  • 28 million t cargo handled
  • 48 cranes

Motorway connections

  • 13 motorway junctions in the city
  • 50 motorway kilometers in the city
  • 13 Park & Ride lots

International location

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International companies in Düsseldorf

  • France: 200
  • Great Britain: 365
  • India: 46
  • Japan: 405
  • Korea: 70
  • The Netherlands: 467
  • Russia: 104
  • USA: 343
  • China: 560

Chambers and associations

  • 40 consular missions
  • 33 international chambers of commerce and external trade organizations

International population in Düsseldorf

  • 184 nations represented
  • 145,100 are foreign nationals
  • Around 30% of Düsseldorf residents have an international background.

International schools and kindergartens

  • International School of Düsseldorf: 1,100 students from 51 countries
  • ISR International School on the Rhine, Neuss: 800 students from 41 countries
  • Japanese International School (Japanische Internationale Schule in Düsseldorf e.V.)
  • Lycée Français de Düsseldorf
  • Chinese language schools with supplemental education from native speakers
  • Russian education center
  • 4 German secondary schools with bilingual branches
  • International kindergartens

Düsseldorf has the largest Japanese community in continental Europe

  • 405 Japanese companies with over 10,300 employees in the metropolitan area, 550 companies in the region, 620 in NRW
  • Over 7,600 Japanese residents live in Düsseldorf.
  • Direct flights between Düsseldorf and Tokyo
  • Japan Desk at the Office of Economic Development offers service in Japanese.
  • Extensive Japanese infrastructure: Consulate General, Japanese Chamber of Commerce (JIHK), kindergartens, schools, leisure and sports facilities, Buddhist temple, service providers

Dynamic location for China

  • 560 Chinese companies
  • 4,200 Chinese residents live in Düsseldorf.
  • Direct flights between Düsseldorf and Beijing
  • China Competence Center at the Office of Economic Development offers service in Chinese.
  • Extensive Chinese infrastructure: Consulate General, Chinese Enterprise Association, kindergartens, schools, service providers

Research and education

  • 71 public and private universities with over 750,000 students in the Rhine-Ruhr region, of these, over 50,000 students in IT and electrical engineering degree programs
  • Heinrich Heine University with 30,000 students
  • University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf (HSD) with 10,000 students
  • Center for Digitization at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf
  • 12 Max Planck Institutes
  • 9 international Max Planck Research Schools
  • 14 Fraunhofer Institutes plus 3 Fraunhofer Application Centers
  • 3 Helmholtz Research Centers
  • 10 Leibniz Association Institutes
  • 15 Johannes Rau Research Foundations

Degrees awarded in Düsseldorf:

  • 20.9% Master’s and higher(Germany average 13.5%)

Patent applications

Düsseldorf is:

  • Number 1 among the major cities in the IPC groups
  • Biotechnology
  • Pigments, mineral oil industry, oils and fats
  • Medicine, dental and cosmetic preparations
  • Organic chemicals

Digital industry, ICT

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  • Over 2,000 ICT companies with 37,000 employees
  • 42,000 digital pacesetters
  • All 3 mobile communications providers located here: Vodafone (German headquarters), Telekom and Telefónica
  • Networks: Digihub Düsseldorf Rheinland, Digitale Stadt e.V., German Association for the Digital Economy (BVDW)

Trade location

  • 3,700 retail businesses
  • 2,500 wholesale businesses
  • 70,800 people employed in retail
  • 4.9 billion  Euro annual retail sales
  • 984,117 m² retail space
  • Wholesale: largest employee growth 2011–2017 compared to other major cities–
  • Third highest wholesale sales per employee compared to other major cities–
  • Revenue index: 135.5 (2nd place among major German cities)

Real estate location

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Düsseldorf office market

  • Office space inventory 9.23 million m²
  • Floor space turnover around 341,000 m²
  • Vacancy rate 7.2%
  • Peak rent 27.00 Euro/m²
  • Average rent 15.50 Euro/m²
  • 47 business centers and co-working spaces with over 85,000 m2 in space

Commercial market

  • Rental prices for warehouse and production spaces range from 4.50 to 7.00 Euro per m²

Investment market 

  • Transaction volume 3.8 billion Euro

Investments by type of object in Düsseldorf

  • Office: 69.9%
  • Retail, office/ commercial buildings: 5.0%
  • Logistics: 8.2%
  • Hotel: 4.9%
  • Development properties: 4.3%
  • Other: 7.7%

Investments by origin

  • Germany: 41.5%
  • Europe: 13.2%
  • North America: 13.7%
  • Middle East: 10.0%
  • Asia: 20.5%
  • Other 1.1%

Banking center

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  • Number 1 in NRW and among the top 3 nation-wide
  • 227 financial institutions that function as headquarters
  • 94 institutions listed with the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority
  • Around 19,500 salaried employees 
  • Home to international banks, such as HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt, MUFG Bank Europe, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Bank of China Düsseldorf Branch, I ndustrial and Commercial Bank of China, Banque Européene Crédit Mutuel, GarantiBank International N.V., Targobank
  • Fintechs: Auxmoney, Ebury, Compeon

Insurance hub

  • Home to headquarters of ARAG, ERGO, Interlloyd, ÖRAG, Provinzial; subsidiaries like those of the AXA Group
  • Over 11,000 employees in the insurance industry

Fashion and beauty

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  • Over 3,000 companies
  • 18 billion Euro in sales
  • 8.2% of Düsseldorf’s economic output
  • approx. 33,000 employees
  • 670 showrooms
  • 1,000 designers from 32 countries
  • 5 fashion trade shows: GDS/ Global Shoes, Supreme Women & Men, Gallery, DATE, Interbride
  • 2 beauty trade shows: Beauty International, Top Hair International

Cultural and creative industries

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  • Over 7 billion Euro in annual sales across all sub-markets
  • Over 5 billion Euro in annual sales in the advertising industry alone
  • Over 22,000 employees at over 4,200 companies (including self-employed persons)
  • Every 8th company in Düsseldorf belongs to the cultural and creative industries.

Legal advice and management consulting

  • Top location for legal advice in Germany
  • Over 1,300 law offices and 6,000 salaried employees
  • Most important place of jurisdiction for European patent disputes
  • Over 880 auditing firms with around 9,900 employees

Industrial location

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  • Around 1,400 industrial companies with over 36,000 employees
  • Around 10 billion Euro in sales
  • Export rate approx. 46 percent
  • Main focus: vehicle construction, chemicals, mechanical engineering and steel

Startup hub

  • 350 startups in Düsseldorf
  • Over 1,500 digital startups in NRW
  • Many hundreds in the areas of life sciences, food, new materials, fashion

Event venue

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  • 156 conference and event locations
  • CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf: 10,000 m² of exhibition space and 41 modular rooms
  • Merkur Spiel Arena (66,500 people)
  • ISS DOME (14,300 people)
  • Mitsubishi Electric HALLE (7,500 people)
  • CASTELLO Düsseldorf (3,300 people)