Two cities – one unit. Together, the more than 1,200-year-old Hanseatic city of Bremen and Bremerhaven, founded in 1827, form the federal state of Bremen. The two-city state, with a population of around 680,000, is one of the largest industrial sites in Germany and is best characterized by its outstanding research and high-tech landscape. Cosmopolitanism and a readiness to innovate, entrepreneurial spirit and the art of trading have always formed the foundation of economic success on the Weser River.
The city enjoys an enviably broad and diverse economy, with its major industry sectors in the maritime economy, logistics, wind energy, automotive, aerospace, and the food & beverage industries. An export quota well over 50 percent also make it a record-holder among all of the German federal states. The company’s ports play a major role in this success. More than 5.5 million containers, two million cars and several million tons of general and bulk cargo are shipped here annually. Bremerhaven is one of the four largest ports in Europe.
Eleven different models roll off the assembly line at Mercedes-Benz – the Bremen plant is one of the group’s largest production facilities. Food products such as Beck’s beer help make Bremen famous the world over. Coffee and fish fingers are also an export hit for the Hanseatic city. The Airbus plant produces wings and landing flaps for airplanes, while OHB supplies satellites for the GALILEO satellite navigation system.
And Bremen is also at the forefront in digital technologies: Bremen-based researchers at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) are making decisive contributions to scientific progress in the areas of artificial intelligence and robotics, while numerous IT companies ensure that this know-how is transferred from science into practice.
There is only one thing left to say: Thanks to its proximity to water, a lot of nature and a distinctive cultural landscape, the quality of life in the north is also excellent.