Information about Baden-Wuerttemberg
Baden-Württemberg (BW) is Germany's third-largest state in terms of population and enchants visitors with the Black Forest, Lake Constance, and its spas, wines, and foods. It is situated in the very southwest of Germany and shares a border with France to the west and Switzerland to the south.
Hidden behind this romantic picture, however, is a roaring engine of manufacturing and the world's export champion.
The region has relied on ingenuity and invention to get where it is today - at the forefront of global innovation. Although titans of industry are based in BW, thousands of small and medium-sized companies thrive here too and really drive the economy. Key industries include automobile manufacturing - as is fitting for the place where the motorcar was invented - logistics, manufacturing technology, health care, and mechanical-, electrical-, and electronic engineering.
The state devotes massive resources to keeping itself on the cutting edge. Roughly 4.8 percent of GDP goes to R&D, and the region files more patent registrations than any other state. There are also over 70 institutions of higher learning, including world-famous universities in Tübingen and Heidelberg, and multiple representations of world-class research organizations.