The European Union is the world’s 2nd largest economic union with a population of over half a billion people across 28 countries.
Germany, in the heart of Europe is the largest economy within the EU.
The Rhine-Main area consists of the main cities of Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Mainz and Wiesbaden plus a number of smaller cities. The population of the area is around 5,5 million, which represents around 15% of the overall German population.
This area is one of the most dynamic economic regions in Germany. The traditional banking centre has developed into the German Internet and telecommunications capital where the central network nodes of the Federal Republic come together. Frankfurt is also the number one financial center on the European continent. It is the headquarters of the European Central Bank and has the third-largest stock market in the world.
The economic power of a region is measured by the Gross Value Added (GVA) and the turnover assessed for taxation. With 211 billion Euro of GVA, 8.1 per cent of the total German GVA is realised in the Rhine-Main region. There are around 120.000 registered and 290.000 non-registered companies.
Frankfurt Airport is the largest airport in Germany with over 60 Mio passengers annually and nearly half a million take-offs and landings. The annual cargo volume is over 2 million tonnes.
88 airlines fly into Frankfurt covering 247 destinations in 100 countries. It is the home base of Deutsche Lufthansa.
Darmstadt in the center of Germany has a population of over 160.000 people with around 18.000 registered companies. Amongst these companies are Telekom, Merck, Software AG, ESA (European Space Agency), Eumetsat, KOA and the Fraunhofer Institut. Darmstadt has 3 universities.
The distance to the Frankfurt International airport is 27 km, to Frankfurt 33 km, Mannheim 57 km and Stuttgart around 170 km.
Attractive and easily reachable leisure spots are the nearby Odenwald, Taunus, Rhine-Valley, Heidelberg and the Black Forrest.