Hessen: Bringing nations together

Fraport AG

Hessen is an attractive location for international investors, their employees and their families. They are not only welcome as guests, but can genuinely feel at home here – because internationality is a way of life in Hessen. This is particularly evident at events like the Newcomers Festival, held for newcomers and resident international employers and communities alike, helping people settle in.

The numerous international companies with employees and families based here bear witness to Hessen’s internationality, and so does the state’s popularity as a travel destination. With over 5 million overnight stays per year, Hessen lies above the federal average with figures still rising.

The world meets in Hessen. An international community encourages economic exchange and brings cultural enrichment to daily life. Hessen offers a large number of international primary and secondary schools to choose from.

The question of a suitable school for employees’ families is just one point often accorded high priority by foreign companies in search of new locations. Apart from excellent transport links, the region has a dense network of foreign chambers of commerce, embassies, consulates, trade associations, cultural institutes, clubs, restaurants and shops. This range of institutions and services allows the many communities living in Hessen to feel quite at home.


Did you know ...

  • Around 300 Spanish companies have a branch located in Frankfurt?
  • Wiesbaden, the capital of the state of Hessen, has been twinned with the town of San Sebastian in Spain since 1981, and that San Sebastian is going to be the European Capital of Culture in 2016?
  • Many prominent Spanish companies such as SEAT and Freixenet have their German distribution centres in Hessen?
  • Many famous companies from Hessen are already present in the Spanish market?
    • Adam Opel AG
    • Medical engineering company B. Braun Melsungen AG
    • Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA
    • Chemical company Merck KGaA
    • Energy efficiency company Viessmann
    • SMA Solar Technology AG


Visiting and settling in Hessen is a bit like coming home –

because almost every new arrival will find a community of compatriots already here, and with it a piece of their homeland.

700,000 foreign citizens of more than 180 nationalities make the state a many-layered place of economic, social and cultural co-operation and exchange. Open arms, helpfulness and tolerance have always defined the character of Hessen.

The people of Hessen are famous for their hospitality and make it easy for newcomers to get to know the neighbours and find a place in the community. There is every reason to call Hessen the most international economic region in Germany. The best evidence of Hessen’s global commercial connections lies in the financial and trading centre of Frankfurt. About 250 banks from almost 54 countries conduct their global financial operations here, in one of Europe’s leading financial centres, which also hosts the Deutsche Bundesbank and the European Central Bank. The German Stock Exchange makes the service centre of Frankfurt one of the world’s leading stock exchange locations.

Whether it’s because of its economic importance or its excellent international infrastructure, the world’s largest commodity futures exchange or the world-famous trade fairs – Hessen is an attractive German and European hub for countries and companies alike.