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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.




755.10 km²


1,830,584 inhabitants

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

Information on the state

Welcome to Hamburg
Information on living, housing and working in Hamburg (German, english)

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

Welcome Services for immigrants 

Hamburg Welcome Center
Services for qualified professionals, like residence permits and registration services or consultation for newcomers (German, english)

Counselling Centre for Recognition of Qualifications
Recognition of foreign qualifications (German, english)

Scholarship programme for the recognition of qualifications
In the process of recognising qualifications, further training is sometimes necessary. A scholarship for that can be offered under certain conditions (German)

Your way : make it in Hamburg
Support for immigrants with their integration into the labour market (German, english)

Hamburg Invest Business Development Corporation
Service partner for settlement, investment and business development (German, english, russian, ukrainian, turkish, chinese)


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