Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

coat of arms Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Hamburg is a green city located near the sea and offers a host of things to do in your free time, including plenty of cultural activities. Its international flair and comparatively young population make it a very pleasant place to be. Its economic performance, income and level of education are high. The metropolitan region of Hamburg includes parts of the adjacent states of Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and Lower Saxony and is home to 500,000 companies with around 1.9 million jobs.


755,30 km²


1,787,408 inhabitants

Number of foreign nationals

299.005 people

The five largest countries of origin are:

  • Turkey
  • Poland
  • Afghanistan
  • Syria
  • Russian Federation

Important industries

  • Second largest port in Europe
  • Maritime industry, such as specialised shipbuilding, shipbuilding suppliers, marine and offshore engineering
  • Logistics
  • Civil aviation industry
  • Media and IT, e.g. games industry
  • Renewable energies
  • Life sciences – research and production location for medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries

Regional characteristics

  • Second largest city in Germany
  • Almost half of the city’s area is composed of parks, water and forests – the port makes up for 10% of the city’s area
  • Growing population, partly due to young and well-educated people relocating to the city

Information on the state


Information for immigrants














Hamburg Welcome Center

Welcome to Hamburg
Information on living and working in Hamburg, including advice on immigration procedures and finding a place to live (German, English)

Hamburg Metropolitan Area
Facts and figures about Hamburg and the adjacent states (German, English)

Integration courses
Comprehensive information on integration courses (German) 

Information on integration, advisory services, work (German)

Recognition authority and advisory centre
Central point of contact for having your international qualifications recognised (German)

IQ Netzwerk Hamburg – NOBI
Information and advice about qualifications and recognition of foreign vocational diplomas (German)

Make it in Hamburg

Make it in Hamburg!’ helps various target groups integrate into the labour market.  The project is aimed at graduate professionals, skilled workers, apprentices, accompanying life partners, foreign students and graduates from universities in and around Hamburg. (German, English)

Welcome Center in Hamburg
The Hamburg Welcome Center provides a service helping EU and non-EU citizens manage the legal aspects of immigration. It also provides information and advice on relocating, working, studying, finding a place to stay, and living in Hamburg (German, English)