Economy

A European and economic capital and a conurbation of human size, Strasbourg draws its strength from its history, culture and geographical situation.

A thriving regional economy

  • The leading French region for attracting foreign students
  • A young population: 32 % of Alsatians are aged under 25
  • Alsace is ranked 22nd out of the 254 regions of the European Union in terms of population growth, and 3rd in terms of international presence
  • The leading French region for exports per capita: a 659 million Euros positive trade balance
  • The leading French region for jobs created through foreign investment
  • The leading region in France in terms of direct foreign investment over the past 25 years, and 4th over the last 15 years
  • 35 % of Alsatian companies have foreign capital (vs. a national average of 23%)
  • 43 % of industrial jobs are provided by companies with foreign capital
  • Over 1200 businesses with foreign capital, mainly Swiss, German and American.
  • 2nd ranked French region for attracting foreign researchers and for scientific papers
  • 3rd largest public research centre and fourth ranked city for the number of researchers per capita
  • 3rd ranked city in France for European patents in the pharmacy/biotechnology sector.

The economy – key figures

  • 474,500 inhabitants in the heart of Europe
  • Strasbourg is part of the Upper Rhine tri-national region, with its 6 million inhabitants
  • 35 million people within a 200 km radius of Strasbourg
  • The "Port autonome de Strasbourg",is the second largest inland port in France
  • Strasbourg is the leading French university in terms of impact factors (Thomson/Reuters 2008) with its 42,000 students
  • Strasbourg is one of the cities included within the Government-sponsored Investing for the Future programme with 30 projects which will underline its position of excellence
  • 5 competitiveness clusters: Alsace Biovalley, Véhicule du Futur, Hydréos, ÉnergieVie, Fibres naturelles Grand Est.