IHK Nord WestfalenNorth-Westphalia surprises and convinces both as an industrial region with high employment and as a spacious open-air leisure park. It is this dynamic duo of quality of life and a strong economy that makes North-Westphalia so attractive.
Well developed Region
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North-Westphalia has space: space for its 2.6 million inhabitants to achieve their goals and space for the plans of a rapidly growing number of companies. One fifth of the area of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia is North-Westphalia, 7,000 square kilometres of land equipped for the future. It is nearly three times the size of Luxembourg.
The North-Westphalia Chamber district is divided into two different regions: one belongs to the northern part of the Ruhr district. This so called Emscher-Lippe region is heavily industrialized and larger companies predominate. The other part is the Münsterland. Here, small and medium-sized companies are the norm.
North-Westphalia’s location in and by the central European growth zone is also outstanding in various other ways. There are around 40 million inhabitants – business partners, customers and consumers – within a 200 kilometer radius. Thanks to the astonishingly dense network of top roads and railways, all destinations outside the region can be reached with ease. Moreover, North-Westphalia is connected with the Inland Waterway Transport Network. The Dortmund-Ems-Canal provides access to the North Sea via the Port of Emden and to the trans-European waterway network. With Münster-Osnabrück-Airport (FMO), Münsterland has an international airport. As well as leisure flights, the airport is used more and more by local enterprises to reach international business destinations.
The labour market in North-Westphalia is characterized by a well educated work force. The proportion of people with a vocational and educational training qualification is above the North Rhine-Westphalia average. One pillar for the success of German education and training is the vocational (dual) education system. This is a combination of learning at school with an apprenticeship in a company. Thus, corporations find a region with perfect conditions for recruiting professionals.to the top