Region and population
Situated at the heart of the Federal Land of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany, the Stuttgart Region comprises the City of Stuttgart (the state capital) and the five surrounding counties of Böblingen, Esslingen, Göppingen, Ludwigsburg, and Rems-Murr, with a total of 179 local authorities, covering an area of 3,654 km². With a population of around 2.7 million people, whereof 15.9% are foreign nationals coming from 170 countries, the Stuttgart Region offers a highly advanced industrial infrastructure and enjoys a well-earned reputation for economic strength, cutting-edge technology and exceptionally high quality of life. On the administrative level, the region also has its own parliamentary assembly (Verband Region Stuttgart), ensuring fast and effective decision-making on regional issues.
Business and Innovation
The Stuttgart Region is one of the leading economic areas in Europe. The world or German headquarters of global players such as Daimler, Porsche, Bosch, IBM or Hewlett-Packard are based in the region. All in all there are 160,000 registered companies and 1.5 million economically active people. However, what characterises the Stuttgart Region best is a well-balanced mix of global brands and a large number of extremely innovative, small and medium sized companies such as Behr, Dürr, Festo, Kärcher, Märklin, Mahle, Stihl or Trumpf. This mixture creates a stable economic structure. They all are highly export-oriented: in fact, the region’s manufacturing companies constantly generate more than half of their sales abroad.
The Stuttgart Region has a first-class research infrastructure with many leading universities and institutes developing cutting-edge technologies. The companies in the region invest more on research and development than anywhere else in Europe, accounting for 16 percent of corporate R&D expenditures in Germany.