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.
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.
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