Facts and figures
Companies that establish themselves close to the airport benefit greatly from the geographical advantages of the region. The facts and figures speak for themselves:
- Berlin is Germany's largest city in terms of population and area: 3.5 million inhabitants live here and the city covers 892 square kilometres
- The Berlin-Brandenburg region is the second-biggest conurbation in Germany: 10 million people live in the catchment area
- The city is the country’s political hub: parliament, the government and over 1,000 associations from the world of business, science, health, politics and culture are headquartered in Berlin
- Science in Berlin and Brandenburg: Berlin has four universities, 22 institutes of higher education as well as more than 100 non-university research institutes. Brandenburg has three universities, five institutes of higher education as well as the Film and Television University "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam Babelsberg.
- Around one-third of the world's 50 biggest companies are represented in the Berlin-Brandenburg business region
- Top five employers: Deutsche Bahn, Siemens AG, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, Vivantes Netzwerk für Gesundheit, Charité Universitätsmedizin
- Berlin offers investors an excellent academic and higher-education environment, low labour costs, skilled workers and a first-rate infrastructure
- Berlin has continued to grow faster than the German economy as a whole since 2004: between 2004 and 2010, real gross domestic product in the capital increased by 14.3 per cent, as opposed to 6.7 in Germany as a whole.
- The state governments of Berlin and Brandenburg have set up special schemes to promote five clusters and sunrise industries in the capital region: "Health Care", "Power Engineering", "Mobility, Transport and Logistics", "ICT, Media and Creative Industries" and "Optics".
- Berlin is Germany's no. 1 conference and convention location and hosts more than 100,000 events a year. In 2011, over 115,000 events with nearly ten million participants were hosted in the city.
- Booming tourist trade in Berlin: the city had just under 25 million overnight stays and almost 11 million visitors in 2012
- Berlin is a cosmopolitan city with its finger on the pulse of time – a dynamic, diverse and creative capital, offering a wide range of art, culture and entertainment