Between 2010 and 2018, FDI Markets recorded more than 9000 investment projects in Germany by some 7,100 foreign companies. In 2018 almost 1,100 projects were noted down, making it one of the highest numbers ever recorded. Germany is placed fourth worldwide in terms of FDI projects attracted. FDI results are based on greenfield project announcements (including expansions and joint ventures) collected in the Financial Times Group's FDI Markets database.
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The great innovative power of German companies can be seen in their number of patents: In 2016, more than 18,728 German patent applications were approved by the European Patent Office, almost twice as many as French and British applications combined. Germany also leads Europe in triadic patents (series of corresponding patents filed at the European Patent Office (EPO) , the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japanese Patent Office(JPO)). In 2016, with about 68 patents per million...
Germany is the largest market in Europe. It constitutes 21 percent of Europe's GDP (EU-28) and is home to 16 percent of the total European Union (EU) population. The German economy is both highly industrialized and diversified – with equal focus placed on services and production.
(in EUR bn) Share of Total GDP (EU 28)
(in m) Share of Total Population (EU 28)
Germany 3,263 21% 82.5 16%
UK 2,324 15% 65.8 13%
France 2,288 15% 67.0 13%
Italy 1,716 11%...
The process of reunification brought many challenges, but also numerous opportunities. During the last three decades, a lot has improved. Massive investments have been made in infrastructure. Historic city centers and cultural monuments now shine with their former splendor. Public research institutes have been established – often building upon existing industrial traditions. Companies from inside and outside Germany have set up branch offices and production facilities. And firms from Eastern Germany...
The success of the Eastern German reconstruction project can also be indirectly measured in internal investment. According to fDi Markets, a total of 841 investment projects settled in the new federal states during the period 2014 to 2018. Today, three decades after the fall of the Wall, reconstructed Eastern Germany ranks among the world’s most attractive and innovative investment and technology locations.
Among the international companies that have invested in the region are Pfizer Pharma, Goodyear...
The German logistics infrastructure is among the best in the world: once again, Germany has been ranked Number 1 in the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index 2016. With its state-of-the-art transportation networks by air, rail, waterway, or autobahn, Germany provides quick access to domestic and international markets. It’s hardly surprising that Germany is a global logistics hub.
With a turnover of EUR 230 billion in 2016, the German logistics market has no rival in Europe. According to research...
Area 357,340 km²
Coastline 2,389 km
International Passenger Airports
230,000 km (of which 13,000 km highway)