Düsseldorf – Germany´s Top Location for Business and Foreign Investment

Ranked as Germany’s number one city for foreign direct investment, Düsseldorf is an international business hub in the heart of Europe. Thanks to its high quality of life and moderate living costs, Düsseldorf has become a magnet for international companies. The city's central location on the European continent as well as its excellent transportation infrastructure and international airport, means that many European destinations are within easy reach. The city government is decidedly pro-business and actively promotes entrepreneurship. This combined with a safe living environment, tolerance, open-mindedness and the famous Rhineland hospitality, means that the Düsseldorf region is now the most popular destination for foreign direct investment in Germany

Düsseldorf is the ideal base for business within continental Europe. About 31% of the European Union's total population lives within a 500 kilometre (300 mile) radius of Düsseldorf – a distance that a truck can easily cover in a day. About 50% of the total EU purchasing power is generated here – making Düsseldorf the perfect launch pad for entry into European markets. A total of 11.4 million people live within one hour’s travel distance by car and more than 500,000 companies are based here. Nowhere else in Germany is there such a high density of providers and users, customers and business partners. Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) is Germany's third-largest airport and is conveniently located very close to the city centre. 

Düsseldorf is an attractive, cosmopolitan and growing city, with foreigners accounting for about 17% of the city's population. As the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf enjoys an excellent reputation among expats as a great place for their families but also for their career. The well-respected Annual Quality of Living Survey from the Mercer consulting group ranks Düsseldorf sixth among all cities in the world. The leading Internet portal for expats, InterNations, also recently compared more than 60 countries and 35 cities in their 2016 Expat Insider Survey. The not-so-surprising result: Düsseldorf ranked fourth in the world in terms of quality of life, work-life balance, ease of settling in, cost of living, and family life. And Düsseldorf was the number one destination for expats among all German cites.

Düsseldorf has become a hotspot for Europe's digital economy, thanks to the city's unique cluster of mobile communication firms, start-ups and industrial manufacturing companies. The digital transformation (Industry 4.0 or the Internet of Things) is already a reality today in Düsseldorf, a highly innovative and international business location. Companies based in Düsseldorf are the driving force behind digitalization. Unique synergies facilitating sustainable digital transformation are being created in Düsseldorf.

Düsseldorf offers a deep pool of qualified employees with a high level of experience in technology, industry and services. The city has more than 42,000 digital trendsetters, forming a huge network of expert employees with knowledge of network technologies. And for the talent of tomorrow, Düsseldorf offers world class education in IT, engineering and design. There are a total of 37 private universities, 12 Max Planck Institutes, 35 public universities located in and around Düsseldorf.