As the national capital, Madrid concentrates activities directly connected with power (central and regional government, headquarters of Spanish companies, regional HQ of multinationals, financial institutions) and with knowledge and technological innovation (research centers and universities). It is one of Europe's largest financial centers and the largest in Spain. The city has 17 universities and over 30 research centers. It is the third metropolis in the EU by population, and the fourth by gross internal product.
Madrid leads Spanish Growth (MAD +3.7% 2017 vs 3.1% SPA). Madrid is an economic powerhouse, is the main financial hub and decision-making centre in Spain. The Madrid City and Regional Governments make it as easy as possible for international business people and investors to establish a company in the region and to maximize its potential by forging a business-friendly environment.
Top region in Spain for the qualification level of its active population. Madrid ranks 2nd in terms of % of active population in Spain. 46% of the active population has a university degree.
No. 1 Region in Spain for people pursuing higher education.Madrid is an ideal location to enhance your professional knowledge and develop your career. 14 universities offer world-class educational and research opportunities.
Madrid offers access to >1.600M Customers, a privileged position to acces key markets in Europe, Latin America and the North of Africa.
Madrid is the heart of the rail and road transport system:
The Spanish region with the highest outlay on research, development and innovation (25.8% of national total), representing 1.75% of the regional GDP.
Madrid is a major center for Aerospace, Automotive, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals & Plastics, Information Technology, Real Estate and Leisure & Tourism.
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