North Rhine-Westphalia

About North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is the most populous and the most densely populated state in Germany. With its 17.9 million inhabitants, there are more people living here than in the neighboring Netherlands. More than 160 million people live within a radius of 500 km around the state capital Düsseldorf – this represents almost one third of all EU consumers. From no other location in Europe can so many people with such high purchasing power be reached within such a short distance as from NRW.

The size of the market and the favorable location conditions attracts companies from all over the world to the Rhine and Ruhr. Around 20,000 foreign companies have already invested in NRW and control their German or European activities from here. They make NRW the No.1 investment location in Germany.

  1. The heart of the German economy beats in NRW
  2. Germany’s number-one investment location
  3. World-renowned logistics expertise
  4. Where the next generation is growing

Reasons for North Rhine-Westphalia

All major European cities can be reached within three hours from the two major international airports in Düsseldorf and Cologne/Bonn, Germany's third-largest cargo airport. A dense network of waterways, railways and roads provides fast routes to the sales and procurement markets in Europe and the rest of the world. In Duisburg, the world's largest inland port ensures reliable connections to the Belgian and Dutch seaports.

More than 110 technology centers and non-university research institutes in the state form the densest research network in Europe and provide ideal conditions for technology transfer. And the wide range of studies offered by the 70 universities and universities of applied sciences ensures that companies from all industries can find qualified employees here.

Renowned theaters and museums, five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, sports events and cultural festivals all contribute to one of the richest cultural landscapes in Europe.

Success Story

The IT service and consulting company from Bangalore in India opened its Digital Innovation Center in Düsseldorf at the end of 2019. Here, up to 300 IT specialists bring digital transformation to life and support customers in areas such as IoT, 5G, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Infosys also promotes young digital talent in North Rhine-Westphalia: The Group has concluded partnership agreements with the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences and the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, for example, in order to organize joint training courses, research projects and scholarships. In 2020, Infosys was winner of the NRW.INVEST Award for exemplary investments in NRW.


NRW.Global Business offers tailor-made support for your investment project. You will find your contact person either at one of our 16 offices abroad or at our headquarters in Düsseldorf. Ready, steady, grow in NRW!


NRW.Global Business GmbH
Trade & Investment Agency 
of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)

+49 211 13000-0


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