Cologne – the largest metropolis in Germany's most important economic region

  • 17 million inhabitants within a radius of 100 kilometres - more than anywhere else in the European Union
  • Connected to the whole world: three airports, ten motorways, freight port and dense railway network
  • Germany's best IT and communications infrastructure
  • Excellent network of market-leading companies, an emerging tech startup scene, and world-renowned research institutions
  • Large pool of skilled workforce: 100,000 students, 14,000 graduates per year
  • “Rhenish” mentality: decidedly liberal – we pride ourselves on our inclusive, international outlook and diversity

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Economic power meets quality of life

The location magazine "Made in Cologne"

What does Cologne have that other cities don't? In our location magazine Made in Cologne, established Cologne entrepreneurs and startup founders explain what they value about the business location, which future trends are emerging here and why the feel-good factor plays a major role.

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Unique quality of life

In Cologne, we are proud of our welcoming way of life: open to people, cultures and business ideas. Nowhere else is it easier to arrive than in Cologne.

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World-class infrastructure

Cologne is the central hub in Germany's most densely populated region. From here you can reach customers and business partners all over the world.

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Pioneer in digitalisation

Cologne has the best IT and communications infrastructure of all German cities. Companies from all sectors benefit from Cologne's citywide broadband coverage.

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Cutting-edge innovation

Cologne has just been voted Germany's place of innovation 2021. Here, students, scientists and researchers develop extraordinary ideas every day.

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Immense pool of workforce

Cologne’s greatest selling point: its people. 17 million people within an hour’s drive and a large number of qualified professionals form an impressive labour pool.

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Vibrant startup ecosystem

Cologne offers the best conditions for founders: Here you will find a strong network of startups, scale-ups, incubators, accelerators and investors.

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Discover our unique metropolis!

Watch the award-winning film about Cologne as a business location.

About KölnBusiness

We are here for your success.

Are you ready to start your own success story in Cologne? Setting up, expanding or relocating – we support you in all matters related to your business affairs in Cologne. As a municipal subsidiary we are the first point of contact for companies, startups and investors conducting business in Cologne. Our services are tailormade and free of charge. 

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