Incoming investments join good company in Catalonia
The global nature of Catalonia’s business panorama is backed up by the 6,500 incoming firms now operating here. Furthermore, the business ecosystem shows a high level of diversification in terms of sectors and countries, and operates in a competitive, talented and open environment.
One of Europe's preferred areas for investment projects
Catalonia is among the top European regions for foreign investment attraction. According to fDi Markets, the most comprehensive online database of crossborder greenfield investments, in 2015 Barcelona was the second city in Europe in volume of foreign investment attracted (after Greater London) and the 6th city in Europe that attracted the highest number of FDI projects. Catalonia was the 4th region in Europe and the 1st region in continental western Europe in volume of foreign investment attracted.
According to data published by the State’s Ministry of Economy and Competiveness, foreign investment in Catalonia grew 57.8% in 2015, reaching a total of 4,783 million euros, the second highest figure on record, only surpassed by the 2010 figures. Catalonia concentrates 22% of all investments in Spain.
Students from abroad
Its cultural diversity, the cosmopolitan atmosphere, and its trading history all mean Catalonia attracts talent worldwide. Thanks to this, both businesses and business professionals from all walks of life are completely at home here.
Catalan universities have gone from being relatively unknown on the international academic circuit to now having a greater percentage of foreign students than countries such as Germany, Denmark or Holland. International students in Catalan universities have experienced a growth of 13.44% over the last three years. The amount of foreign students in Catalan universities is now 9.12% (2014-15). It was 7.9% some years ago (2011-12) when it already doubled the amount of foreign students found on average in Spanish universities (2.8%).
A dynamic export sector
Catalan companies have significant experience in international trade. In 2015, Catalan exports grew by 6.1%, generating a record breaking 63.8 billion euros for the economy. This increase is largely attributed to 3% rise in the number of regular exporting businesses in Catalonia (16.422 companies) and represents 34.4% of the Spanish state’s total. Catalan exports represent 30% of Catalan GDP. Main export sectors are chemicals (19%), automotive (17%), food & drink (12%), textile and fashion (7%), pharmaceuticals (7%) and machinery (6%).