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.



The three largest cities

Kiel (246,306 inhabitants)
Lübeck (216,253 inhabitants)
Flensburg (85,942 inhabitants)


15,802.49 km²


2,858.714 inhabitants

Number of foreign nationals

230,180 people

The five largest countries of origin are:

  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Poland
  • Afghanistan
  • Irak

    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
    Official website offering information on Schleswig-Holstein (German, English)

    Economic development and transfer of technology Schleswig-Holstein
    Information on careers, hidden champions and innovations (German, English, Danisch, Chinese)

    Information for immigrants

    Immigration-specific advisory services
    Information on advisory services for immigrants, integration courses and Naturalisation (German, English)

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