Business Location Hessen


Hessen – An International Business Location in the Heart of Europe

Hessen is one of the leading business locations in Europe combining economic strength and innovation with cosmopolitanism. Hessen lies in the heart of Europe giving companies and investors the key to the biggest market worldwide. More than 510 million consumers are part of the European Union, 44 million within a radius of 125 miles around Frankfurt.

Exceptional Economic Performance

Hessen has one of the highest GDP per employee in Europe, making it one of the most important business regions in Europe and the world. Global companies in a wide range of industries are located in Hessen, in particular in the automotive, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, as well as in the optical, aviation and aeronautics, bio-technology, energy, medical technology, creative, logistics, IT, services and financial services sectors. More employees per capita work in science and research than in any other German federal state. And the pool of talent for tomorrow is ensured by the 250,000 university students in Hessen. 

Direct connection to your markets and business partners

Hessen has fast connections to the world. One of Hessen's main business advantages is the state's dense and intelligent network of aviation, rail, sea and road connections. Hessen is a hub of international passenger and cargo transportation. Thanks to Hessen's central location, every capital in Europe can be reached within two and a half hours.

Hessen is also home to a high-performance international data hub, DE-CIX. This digital data hub provides a highly-efficient international infrastructure for both Germany and Europe.

Important Financial and Trade Fair Center, and Home of the Euro

Frankfurt-Rhein-Main is the leading financial and trading center in Europe. In addition to the Deutsche Börse and the European Central Bank, about 200 banks and investment companies from more than 50 countries are located here.

Hessen is well-known as Europe's leading location for national and international trade fairs, including industry-leading events such as the International Car Show (IAA), International Trade Fair for Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (ISH), Automechanika and the Frankfurt Book Fair. 


Dynamic Hessen:

  • A hub for international cargo
  • Number one European logistics location / latest "cut-off time" in Germany
  • Europe's largest air freight center - Cargo City Frankfurt
  • Around 4,600 direct flights weekly with 64.5 million passengers
  • Europe's busiest traffic intersection - Frankfurt A3/A5
  • Growth in exports: 6.6 % 2017
  • Growth in imports: 8.5 % 2017
  • International trade fairs and trading centers
  • Number of employees has risen for six years in a row
  • One of the most innovative regions: among the top 10 in Europe
  • Above average R&D spending: 2,8 % of GDP in Hessen
    (Germany: 2.7 % and EU-28: 2.0 %)