coat of arms Bavaria

Beautiful natural landscapes, friendly people, attractive economy: Bavaria is a truly fascinating state. Its economy is booming, and its labour market offers plenty of opportunities for international professionals. In addition to well-known global players, many SMEs with an international focus and businesses with a longstanding tradition also call Bavaria their home and are always looking for qualified staff.



The three largest cities

Munich (1,429,584 inhabitants)
Nuremberg (501,072 inhabitants)
Augsburg (281,111 inhabitants)


70,550.11 km²


12,843,514 inhabitants

Average age

43.6 years

Birth rate

1.45 children per woman

Number of foreign nationals

1,370,918 people

The five largest countries of origin are:

  • Turkey
  • Romania
  • Poland
  • Italy
  • Austria

Important industries

  • Metal industry, automotive industry and mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering and electronics
  • IT
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical, energy and environmental technology
  • Healthcare

Regional characteristics

  • Highly dynamic economy
  • Lowest unemployment rate of all German states
  • Attractive tourist destination offering many leisure activities

 Information on the state
Portal providing comprehensive information about Bavaria (German, English, French, Spanisch, Italian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese)

Information for immigrants

Work in Bavaria
Information on living and working in Bavaria, as well as information on language and integration courses for foreign professionals (German, English)

Recognition authorities and advisory centres
Three places to turn to in order to have foreign professional qualifications recognised (German)

Study and Stay in Bavaria
Information about higher education opportunities in Bavaria and how international students can make the most of them (German, English)

Welcome Center

Service Center for International Professionals in Munich
Support in finding a job and settling in Munich
(German, English, French, Italian, Polish, Arabic, Chinese)

Welcome Center im Landkreis Roth
Service centre for international professionals

Welcome Center Altmühlfranken
Service centre for international professionals