Lake Constance-Upper Swabia
In the utmost southeast of the state of Baden-Württemberg, the Lake Constance-Upper Swabia region reaches from the Lake Constance up to Austria and Switzerland. Here, three counties join to form the "most adorable region of Germany".
In the place where the foundation stone for the future development of the region had been laid with the invention of the airship by Graf Zeppelin in 1908, 612,000 inhabitants live together on a surface of 3,500 square kilometres today. Today, the air and space travel industry still is a main pillar of the three rural districts of Sigmaringen, Ravensburg and Lake Constance. A low unemployment rate and immigration indicate the growth potential of the region that is regularly placed among the top 10 of the most innovative and most future-compliant regions of Germany.
Idyllically sited at the Lake Constance, the region also offers an ocean freight connection via the Rhine, the airway is secured by the Friedrichshafen airport and the nearby Zürich airport.
The business of the Lake Constance-Upper Swabia region is mainly medium-sized. With 40 percent of the enterprises and 41.3 percent of the employees, the industry forms the economical core. With an average export ratio of 50 percent, this is strongly geared towards internationality and illustrates the position of the globalisation issue in the Lake Constance-Upper Swabia region.
The emphases do vary within the region, but four industries have pioneering tasks in the southeast: In the field of automotive industry and construction of vehicles, whose focus is on energy, IT, lightweight technology and mechatronics in the region, in particular Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG and ZF Friedrichshafen AG have known names. Furthermore, the Lake Constance-Upper Swabia region is the home of the Zeppelin which has led to a cluster of air and space travel. The Airbus Defence and Space GmbH holds an important role here. Furthermore, the region is the home of many small and medium-sized enterprises in the field of production technology that fundamentally operate closely with the clusters of automotive industry and air and space travel. The emphasis of the health care industry is characterised by the Lake-Constance tourism and by a great number of spas and rehabilitation clinics.
Besides lakeview and high employment, the Lake Constance-Upper Swabia region offers everything that makes a good education location: A total of five institutions offer excellent possibilities for education to young specialists, among that a university, a pedagogic university, a dual university and two non-state universities.