Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (MV) is often called the "state of a thousand lakes," but the nickname is only half correct. The state actually has over 2,000 lakes, which – in addition to countless nature reserves, castles, stunning Hanseatic coastline towns with white cliffs and beaches, and excellent ferry facilities – make tourism the state's main industry.
MV's over 350 km of Baltic Sea coastline attract other industries, too. Over the last 10 years, more than EUR 500 million have been invested in MV’s shipyards and harbor infrastructure, making MV one of Northern Europe's premier regions for shipbuilding and maritime trade.
Using MV's top-of-the-line port infrastructure and modernized transportation infrastructure, businesses also take advantage of the state's prime location between Eastern Europe and Scandinavia and its proximity to Central Europe's two largest cities, Hamburg and Berlin.
Other significant industries in MV include lumber, logistics, agriculture, food processing, and the service sector. These and other industries also benefit from the fact that MV offers some of the highest investment incentives in the EU. MV also boasts centuries-old universities and a host of highly innovative R&D enterprises, which have made it a dynamic region in high-technology, biotechnology, and medical technology.