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 240,000 university students in Hessen.
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.
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.