Düsseldorf is the state capital and home to approximately 644,280 people, which makes it the third-biggest city in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and one of approximately eighty big cities in Germany. The city is a base for more than 39,171 companies, a number of which have their German and European headquarters here. The economic diversity of the region is reflected in the major companies and fresh, dynamic start-ups alike that have all put down roots in the area.
With its international flair, Düsseldorf boasts an outstanding transport infrastructure. The major European hubs of Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Luxembourg, Paris and Zurich can all be reached within an hour’s flight time. Düsseldorf International Airport hosts 25.5 million passengers every year and sees more than 220,000 flights to over 248 destinations in 74 countries, making it Germany’s fourth-biggest airport. The main railway station in Düsseldorf is a regular stop on around 1,000 rail routes with 170 departures daily.
Düsseldorf is a city with a high quality of life, as emphasized by its placing in various city rankings:
One of the six most attractive cities in the world | Mercer, Quality of Living City Ranking, 2020
fDi city ranking of 20 cities overall, 4th place | fDi magazine, Tier 2 Cities of the Future, 2020
fDi ranking of major European cities, top 10 overall, 3rd place | fDi magazine, Large European Cities of the Future, 2020
Best opportunities for the future, great strengths of the location and the utmost dynamism in development confirmed | Prognos, Zukunftsatlas 2019