Schleswig-Holstein

coat of arms Schleswig-Holstein

Schleswig-Holstein is home to many beacons, and in more than one sense of the word. Many companies and research institutions are beacons of science and business as they are developing the technologies of the future. At the same time, you can discover many actual beacons and lighthouses as you walk along its 1,190 kilometres of coastline. If you feel like socialising, you’ll enjoy events such as the Kiel Week, the largest sailing event in the world, or the Wacken Open Air heavy metal festival.

Capital

Kiel

The three largest cities

Kiel (243,148 inhabitants)
Lübeck (214,420 inhabitants)
Flensburg (84,694 inhabitants)

Area

15,802.49 km²

Population

2,858.714 inhabitants

Average age

44.9 years

Birth rate

1.48 children per woman

Number of foreign nationals

162,132 people

The five largest countries of origin are:

  • Turkey
  • Poland
  • Syria
  • Russian Federation
  • Denmark

    Important industries

    • Trade and logistics
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Medical technology and veterinary medicine
    • Tourism, sports and leisure

    Regional characteristics

    • Germany’s northernmost state, linking Germany with Scandinavia
    • Positioned between North Sea and Baltic Sea
    • Home to the mudflats, a World Natural Heritage Site, and the historical centre of Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Information on the state

    Schleswig-Holstein.de
    Official website offering information on Schleswig-Holstein (German, English)
    www.schleswig-holstein.de/EN/Home/home_node.html

    Economic development and transfer of technology Schleswig-Holstein
    Information on careers, hidden champions and innovations (German)
    wtsh.de

    Information for immigrants


    Immigration-specific advisory services
    Information on advisory services for immigrants, integration courses and Naturalisation (German)
    www.schleswig-holstein.de/DE/Fachinhalte/I/integration/beratungsdienste.html

    Recognition authority and advisory centre
    Point of initial contact for having your foreign professional qualifications recognised (German)

    www.iq-netzwerk-sh.de/angebote/beratung/