Hamburg is a green city located in close proximity to the sea. The metropolis offers plenty of things to do in your free time, including a variety of cultural activities. Its international flair and comparatively young population from all around the world make it a very pleasant place to be. Hamburg prides itself on its economic performance, above-average levels of income and its high level of education. The larger 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.