coat of arms Hesse

Home to one of the largest European airports, Hessen offers an excellent transport network. Frankfurt, as an international financial centre, has a strong influence on Hessen as a service region. Similarly, well-known international industrial companies define Hessen as a technology location at the heart of European markets. Hessen also boasts beautiful nature reserves, historical castles and palaces, as well as the Rheingau vineyards which are renowned for its excellent wines all over the world.



The three largest cities

Frankfurt am Main (717,624 inhabitants)
Wiesbaden (275,116 inhabitants)
Kassel (194,747 inhabitants)


21,114.93 km²


6,176,172 inhabitants

Average age

43.8 years

Birth rate

1.46 children per woman

Number of foreign nationals

823,290 people

The five largest countries of origin are:

  • Turkey
  • Poland
  • Italy
  • Romania
  • Croatia

Important industries

  • Automotive and supply industries
  • Biotechnology
  • Cultural and creative industries
  • Financial services
  • Aerospace
  • Mechanical and plant engineering
  • Medical technology
  • Tourism

Regional characteristics

Information on the state

Information on many aspects of Hessen, including politics and administration, events and its people (German, English)

Work in Hessen
Practical information on living, working and studying in Hessen (German, English, Spanish)

Invest in Hessen
Facts and figures on Hessen as a business location (German, English, Chinese, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish)

Information for immigrants

Comprehensive information and publications on the topics of professionals and securing professionals for the labour market (German)

Recognition authorities and advisory centres
IQ Netzwerk Hessen – the first place to go in Kassel, Gießen, Frankfurt and Wiesbaden to get recognition for diplomas acquired abroad and advice about qualifications (German)

Welcome Centers

Welcome Center in Frankfurt
(German, English, Spanish)