Baden-Württemberg is the 3rd largest federal state of Germany, both in size (35.751 km²) and in population (10.88 million). In 2015 Baden-Württemberg had a Gross Domestic Product of 461 billion Euro, making it one of the strongest economies in Europe with a market size of international level.

Baden-Württemberg is one of the most competitive and innovative regions in Europe and the world, featuring the highest innovation index with 127 patent applications per 100,000 inhabitants. In fact, 4,8 % of GDP go directly into R&D – more than in any other region in Europe and more than in other major OECD countries like Japan or the USA. This unique scientific and technological infrastructure ensures a high educational level of workers and employees.

The latest research results effectively find their way into the economy through a close cooperation with 45 research institutes of Fraunhofer Society, Max Planck Society and other contracted research institutes and over 330 technology transfer centers of the Steinbeis Foundation. Baden-Württemberg is known not only for brands like Mercedes, Porsche, Bosch and Zeppelin, which were named after inventors and fundamental innovations, but also for famous poets and creative thinkers like Schiller, Hesse, Hegel and Einstein.

Baden-Württemberg is represented by the Steinbeis Europa zentrum in the DC Network.


Dr.-Ing. Petra Puechner
Commissioner for Europe of the Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing