Information about Saarland
The last 200 years have seen frequent change in Saarland. But change has bred adaptability and familiarity, and the region's ties with France and Luxembourg have given it special advantages: long-established cultural and linguistic bridges as well as thriving trade and business relations with its neighbors.
Once famous for its vast mining industries, Germany's westernmost state is quickly becoming more associated with the young technology and IT companies- which makes the state's focus on innovation a reality worth bragging about. Other clusters are sprouting or growing among the region's rolling hills, too: in the automotive industry, nanotechnology, biotechnology, communications, processed foods, and ceramics, to mention just a few. Saarland's ideal position at the center of Europe allows it to serve as a hub for logistics and distribution - over 150 companies in this sector also take advantage of the state's highly efficient transportation infrastructure.
Saarland is, indeed, one of Germany's smallest states. But small - in this state - means fast, as connections between research institutions, government decision makers, and businesses can be made and maintained here quickly and easily. Saarland's traditional culture, natural beauty, and cuisine continue to attract visitors as well.
Business Related Sites in Saarland
Foreign entrepreneurs will find many state level institutions that offer helpful support for business operations.
The State of Saarland
The official website of the State of Saarland is a first source of information on local matters.
SHS - Saar Holding Company
The Strukturholding Saar is the economic development institution of the federal state of Saarland. As one-stop shop it offers investors all available instruments of economic development.
Bürgerdienste Saar (German only)
The service portal of the state and municipal administration provides citizens and businesses with detailed descriptions of administrative procedures and the relevant forms. It guides to the competent authorities.
Saarland Offensive für Gründer (German only)
The Saarland Offensive für Gründer (SOG) is a regional network for the promotion of business startups. It offers advice and support as well as financial aid.
Saarländische Investitionskreditbank (German only)
The Saarländische Investitionskreditbank offers financial support to direct investors and business startups.
Tourismus Zentrale Saarland GmbH
The Tourismus Zentrale Saarland GmbH provides information for private and business travels to the federal state of Saarland.
Point of Single Contact in Saarland
Service businesses from EU Member States seeking for support with the German administrative procedures may address the local Points of Single Contact. These state run one-stop-shops will guide them through the necessary paper work.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Science of Saarland is primarily responsible for the implementation of the EU Services Directive in the State of Saarland. Its state portal provides information, relevant documents and links regarding the directive and its realization in Saarland.
The service of the Points of Single Contact is optional. Entrepreneurs may always contact the relevant authorities directly, if they prefer. Moreover, there are many institutions at the state level that may be addressed for further support.