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The Nuremberg Metropolitan Region as a business location

Economic power is writ particularly large in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region, because only a strong and intact economic environment is attractive to companies and capable of steady growth.

The economic power of the European Metropolitan Region Nuremberg at a glance

The Nuremberg Metropolitan Region is one of the strongest economic areas in Europe. With a gross domestic product of around EUR 111 billion, the region’s economic performance is stronger than that of Hungary or the Baltic States and Bulgaria combined. With a growth rate of 22 percent (1997-2006), the region is the third strongest growth engine amongst the European metropolitan regions in Germany, after Munich and Frankfurt/Rhine-Main.


The Nuremberg Metropolitan Region is home to 3.5 million people. Approximately 150,000 businesses are based here. The working population comes to 1.8 million and GDP is at approx. EUR 111 billion. The export share amounts to 42% and the service sector ratio is as high as 60%.

Key Information:

Population3.5 million
GDPEUR 111 billion
Surface area21,349 km2
Working population1.8 million
Export share42 %
Population density

164 inhabitants/ km2

Unemployment rate (05/2011)4,3 %
Population growth (1995-2009)0,2 %

Top Innovation Region

Innovation Region


The European Metropolitan Region Nuremberg is home to 18 academic institutions with a total of 100,000 students, including 4 universities. 22 renowned research institutes and application centres  foster close collaboration between business and research, creating an excellent climate for innovation.

The main sources of innovation in the European Metropolitan Region Nuremberg are innovative service concepts, the use of forward-looking, interdisciplinary technology and efficient innovation networks. Innovative business services are critical to the strategic development of the economic power and competitiveness of the European Metropolitan Region Nuremberg. The Nuremberg Metropolitan Region’s strength in technologically driven areas of expertise provides ideal conditions for systems business involving industrial products and complementary services.

Central Location and Gateway Function

Short routes and fast connections are becoming increasingly important. All major European cities are easily and vonveniently accessible from the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region via a wide variety of long-distance transport. An excellent public transport system connects the entire metropolitan area. The “Industry & Infrastructure ” forum is actively involved in ensuring the long-term viability of this system.


Nuremberg International Airport offers 70 non-stop connections to 21 countries as well as excellent connections to intercontinental airports like Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London, Paris or Vienna. Nuremberg airport serves around 4 million passengers per year.  


In addition, the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region is very well integrated in the European road and rail networks (Paris - Prague, London - Vienna, Stockholm - Madrid, Warsaw - Berlin - Rome).


With its tri-modal terminal, the commercial port of Nuremberg, is one of the most important trans-shipment centres in southern Germany.

TOP - Trade Fair and Conference Site in Europe

Nuremberg is internationally recognised as an excellent site for trade fairs and conferences. The NürnbergMesse, with its 160,000 m² of exhibition space, is one of the 15 largest exhibition centres in the world. The Nuremberg area hosts a broad range of trade shows.


A great transport network, appealing meeting venues and hotels, as well as an ideal environment for parallel activities distinguish Nuremberg as a conference and trade fair site.


The NürnbergMesse is amongst the top ten exhibition centres in Europe. Within Germany, it ranks 7th after the centres in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Hanover, Munich, Cologne and Berlin – well ahead of Essen, Stuttgart and Leipzig. The following are amongst the leading trade fairs at the Nuremberg exhibition centre: BioFach, Internationale Spielwarenmesse, GalaBau, Embedded World, SPS Drives.


Nuremberg has become one of the top three event locations in Germany for organising conferences. This is the finding of a study of Nuremberg’s conference and event market conducted by the renowned Europäische Institut für TagungsWirtschaft (EITW) on behalf of the City of Nuremberg and the CongressCenters Nürnberg (CCN). According to respondents, half of whom are regular clients, the ranking is as follows: Berlin – Nuremberg – Munich.


Further information:
Trade fairs and conferences in Nuremberg

European Centre for Market Research

Nuremberg is the birthplace of market research. The discipline was invented there in 1925 by Professor Vershofen.


Around one sixth of Germany’s 14,000 market researchers work in Nuremberg.
GfK SE is one such example. The company ranks fourth as a global player.


Nuremberg stands out for its expertise in theory and practice. The founding of the Institut für Wirtschaftsbeobachtung in Nuremberg in 1923 to monitor German manufactured goods marks the birth of market research in Germany. The “Nuremberg School” is internationally synonymous with models explaining consumer behaviour and motivations and a clear indication of Nuremberg’s expertise in the theoretical field.


Nowadays, the Faculty of Economics at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg is known throughout the professional world as one of the leading institutions training Germany’s future market researchers.

Top ICT Region

Employing over 100,000 people at more than 7,000 companies, Information and Communication Technology is the metropolitan region ’s most important sector. Communication technology, software solutions with a focus on open source, automation, medicine and business applications are amongst the most important growth drivers.


In relation to the overall population, the region employs the highest number of engineers in Germany. In terms of patent applications in the ICT field, the region ranks 3rd Europe-wide. “Think tanks” like the Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen (IIS), which developed the MP3 standard, find fertile ground here.


The NIK - Nürnberger Initiative für die Kommunikationswirtschaft e.V. acts as a coordinating platform .

Transportation and Logistics Region

More than 140,000 people work in transportation and logistics; 100,000 in logistics alone. 


Fields include: propulsion technology, personal mobility, logistics, intelligent traffic systems, railway engineering.

Innovative, shift-free vehicle propulsion as well as the first automated, mixed-mode underground are amongst the characteristics setting the region apart. The underground has been running since June 14th 2008 and was the first fully automated model in Germany. It was also the first example in the world of automated and driver-operated trains sharing the same tracks. The transition phase concluded on January 2nd 2010 and two automated underground lines have been operating in Nuremberg since.

The CNA - Center for Transportation & Logistics Neuer Adler e.V. acts as a coordinating platform.