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.

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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.

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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.

Latest Updates

  • By Anna Spechtenhauser

B2B Platform for companies and "United we stream" in Stuttgart Region

With "United we stream Stuttgart" and a B2B Cooperation Platform, Stuttgart Region has launched two new initiatives to meet the current challenges .

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"Regionaut" answers questions in Stuttgart Region

Stuttgart Region's "Regionaut" - an automatic computer-based chat programme - answers important questions companies might have during this difficult period.

  • By Anna Tranberg

What comes next, after the adoption of the Leipzig Charter and Territorial Agenda of the European Union? What role do metropolitan regions play?

At the end of 2020, the revised Leipzig Charter and the Territorial Agenda of the European Union will be signed by the national governments. Both strategies set new standards for European spatial planning and urban policy. Metropolitan regions play an increasingly important role in this, because a city alone cannot meet the challenges of the future. Join this online meeting to discuss necessary measures that should be taken for a successful implementation and how metropolitan regions can foster this process.