Northern Germany:
An attractive business, working and living location

Northern Germany is a strong economic region in Germany with Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg and Bremen and its strong metropolitan region at the core. Both federal states offer Foreign companies an excellent business environment.

Schleswig-Holstein is the northernmost state in Germany. Conveniently located, it provides access to the markets in Scandinavia, the Baltic States and Central and Eastern Europe.

The root for this is an infrastructure that is geared towards the requirements of the future. Qualified specialists form the basis of the economic momentum and ensure that the country’s medium-sized, internationally oriented economy can further expand its strong market position.

Schleswig-Holstein offers companies a very business-friendly climate and the best conditions for growth-oriented start-ups:


high availability of qualified personnel


labor costs


low trade taxes


targeted transfer of technology and knowledge in companies




moderate real estate and land prices


efficient funding landscape and competent advice


support through networks and clusters


comprehensive support services for start-ups


faster Internet thanks to an optic fiber network unique in Germany

Hamburg: An attractive location for
international companies, institutions & professionals

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is one of the most dynamic metropolises in the European Union and an attraction for international companies, institutions and specialists. Gateway to the European Union Within Germany, Hamburg is traditionally being regarded as the gateway to the world. It is also open in the opposite direction. For many companies from North America, Hamburg has always been the gateway to Europe. Following the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, Hamburg is the alternative to London for American companies wishing to do business in the EU.

Around 250,000 Hamburg residents from 185 nations currently live and work on the Alster and Elbe rivers. They receive excellent support from more than 100 consular representations. More than 550 companies from China, around 100 from Japan, 50 from Taiwan and others from Korea and Southeast Asia make Hamburg the location with the most extensive Asian expertise. Companies from the USA, Great Britain, Central and Eastern Europe and Scandinavia also frequently manage their activities in the German-speaking market from Hamburg.

Hamburg will continue to offer an excellent basis and optimal development opportunities for people and companies who want to make a difference in the future.

This long common history forms the foundation for today’s broad cultural, political economic and scientific exchange. For U.S. companies, Hamburg is number one location in Northern Europe. The proximity to markets and customers in Germany as well as the connection to the growing regions in North and North Eastern Europe are decisive reasons for U.S. companies to settle in Hamburg.

Sea and port connections have always been one of the most important components of regional infrastructure for companies. U.S. enterprises of the oil industry such as Exxon, and major player of the food industry such as Kellogg’s have thus chosen Hamburg for German or Northern European headquarters. Today, Hamburg is highly esteemed by U.S. American IT companies such as Adobe Systems, Facebook, Google, Snap, Twitch, Twitter, or Yelp.


Hamburger by choice




Consular representations


Resident companies from China


Resident companies from Japan


Resident companies from Taiwan

Bremen - where industry and science are at home

As one of Germany’s leading industrial hubs, Bremen and its sister city Bremerhaven are at home in many sectors, from aerospace, wind power and logistics to the maritime and automotive industries. Its ports handle more than 5.5 million containers, two million cars and several million tons of bulk and general cargo every year. Bremerhaven is the fourth-largest container port in Europe. The more than 1,300 logistics companies in Bremen have a global reach and distribute goods from the port to transport hubs across Europe.

Bremen is also an automotive city. The Mercedes-Benz plant in Sebaldsbrück manufactures more than 400,000 cars a year, making it the second-largest Daimler plant in the world. And there’s more: at Bremen airport, for example, Airbus manufactures wing components for its large jets. And aerospace company OHB develops satellites and parts for the Ariane space rocket. What few people know is that Bremen has more aerospace experts per inhabitant than anywhere else in Germany.

Cutting-edge technology can also be found in the Technology Park near the University of Bremen, where numerous research institutes and small and medium-sized enterprises are based. Engineers, mechanical engineers and computer experts at over 50 organisations are shaping the future and bringing science and business together. This includes cutting-edge technologies like 3D printing and artificial intelligence, two key areas of digitalisation, and Bremen is home to several leading companies in these fields.

Bremen is also big on the things that make life more enjoyable. Food and beverages are another key sector, from the famous Beck’s beer to being home to Germany’s leading fish processing industry. Coffee also has a long tradition here, and half of all coffee beans on German supermarket shelves are imported via Bremen. The city in north-west Germany offers a wide range of arts and entertainments, boasts a riverside location and offers plenty of green spaces – in fact, it is Germany’s greenest urban centre.

Did you know that …

… half of all coffee beans imported to Germany arrive via Bremen?

… seven million bottles of Beck’s and eleven million fish fingers are produced in Bremen every day?

… the world’s largest and most expensive luxury yachts are made by Lürssen in Bremen?

… Bremen’s ports are the leading heavy cargo logistics hubs in Europe?

… Bremen is Germany’s largest aerospace hub and home to Airbus, Ariane Group and satellite specialist OHB?



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