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Facts and Figures

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  • Hessen`s Population: <strong>6.1 Mio.</strong>
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Profit Center Hessen

Measurable success: the numbers illustrated that Hessen's economy has outperformed both Germany and Europe.

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Population in Hessen

  • Area: 21,115 km²Population: 6.1 Mio.
  • Population per km²: 289
  • Regional administrative districts: Kassel, Gießen, Darmstadt
  • Major cities: Frankfurt am Main (718,000 population), Wiesbaden (275,000), Kassel (195,000), Darmstadt (152,000), Offenbach (121,000)
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Hessen's Economic Boom

  • Gross domestic product per employee €75,708 
    (Germany €65,429, Europe €57,900)
  • Workforce 2.35 million
  • Business structure (percentage of gross value added): manufacturing 25%, services 75%
  • Most important sectors: mechanical engineering, electro-technology, vehicle manufacturing, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, financial services
  • Import volume: €80.3 billion
  • Export volume: €58.5 billion
  • Major trading partners:
    Exports: USA (12.3 %), France (8.1 %), United Kingdom (8.1 %),
    Netherlands (5.7 %);
    Imports: USA (10.3 %), China (9.2 %),  Netherlands (6.9 %); France (7.3 %)
  • Most important import/export goods:
    Exports: chemical and pharmaceutical products, machinery, motor vehicles and components
    Imports: motor vehicles and components, machinery, electro-technical products
  • Foreign direct investment in Hessen: €66.5 billion
    (14,5% of all foreign investment in Germany)
  • Unemployment rate 5.7 % (Germany 6.7 %),
    Unemployment of 15-25 year-olds 4.8 % (Germany 5.3%, Europe over 20%)
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Hessen’s Strong Innovation

  • in the Top 10 most innovative regions of Europe
  • R&D spending 2.8 % of GDP in Hessen
    (Germany: 2.8 %, EU-27: 2.0 %)
  • 80 % of R&D spending is done by companies
    (Germany: 68 %, EU-27: 62 %)
  • More than 80 universities and research institutes
  • 5.9 universities per 1 million population
    (Germany: 5.3 per million population)
  • About 240,000 matriculated university students
  • About 36,000 graduates annually
  • Excellence clusters in natural sciences, medicine, engineering
  • high percentage of international students and researchers
  • 37 technology and startup centers
  • lively startup scene: 8,5 starts per 1,000 population
    (Germany: 7,2 per 1,000 population)
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Hessen’s Business Advantage

  • 507 million consumers in the EU
  • 35 million people within 200 km radius of Frankfurt
  • Europe's superior logistic location / latest "cut-off time" in Germany
  • Tri-modal Ports - Water, Rail and Road modes of transportation are optimally networked
  • Connections to international harbors in Rotterdam, Antwerp and the Black Sea
  • Europe's largest air freight center - Cargo City Frankfurt
  • 4,600 direct flights weekly, 60 million airline passengers
  • Europe's busiest highway intersection (A3/A5)
  • 340 long-distance trains, 290 regional trains, 350,000 daily commuters to Frankfurt Main Train Station
  • 90 % of the German data traffic passes through the IKT-Hub Hessen
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In Hessen the World Feels at Home

  • 860,000 people from 190 nations live and work in Hessen
  • About 12,500 international companies
  • 110 consulates
  • 60 foreign chambers of commerce
  • 13 international schools
  • 180 international business and cultural clubs
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Figures

These figures are based on data from 2010 to 2015 and are continually being updated.
At the time of publication, this data was up-to-date. But in the meantime, there may be more current data available. We welcome your comments. Additional statistical information is available from www.statistik-hessen.de