The Hamburg Metropolitan Region is one of the economically strongest and most competitive regions in Germany and Europe. Some 5 million people live and work here, at the interface of the major trans-European transport axes between Scandinavia, West, East and Southern Europe. The region is the economic centre of North Germany.
Nineteen administrative districts and district-free cities in Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Lower Saxony cooperate with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in Hamburg Metropolitan Region.
The cornerstones of this strong economy are top infrastructure, a highly trained
workforce, innovative companies and research institutes renowned for their leading-edge research.