- Central location for
services and trade in Schleswig-Holstein
- Financial centre
- Science park with
- A working population of over 160,000
- 7,000 taxable businesses
Kiel - Dynamics and equilibrium by the sea
Kiel is the future
Kiel is a strong business centre. The direct proximity to universities and research institutions here provides for especially close links between companies and science. The Land Capital’s economy spans a wide range of sectors - traditional, maritime and innovative industries here are interconnected to the same degree as are industrial production and modern services. As the commercial capital of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel can offer companies crucial locational advantages, thanks also to its excellent land and water-based infrastructure.
Many of Kiel’s companies operate on a global scale, several are world market leaders, such as the pump manufacturer EDUR and the wafer machine manufacturer Walterwerk. Kiel is also of national significance - as a shipbuilding and naval centre, as well as a home to a range of specialist clinics in the medical sector.
Many innovations have their roots in Kiel. Not only maritime devices such as the gyrocompass or the echo-sounder, but also pioneering advances such as contact lenses or the fax machine were invented on the fjord. Developments from Kiel are still in great demand across the globe: for instance, GEOMAR played a significant role in creating an early warning system for tsunamis.