As the largest city in the Ruhr district, Dortmund is the center of the region's economy and trade. The former industrial location is now a hub for services and cutting-edge technologies. The dynamic metropolis has a history spanning over 1,100 years and is home to almost 600,000 people. Dortmund is located in the heart of Europe and is a major transport hub for economy and trade.
The transition from industrial to technology-based metropolis is being accompanied by a unique initiative involving the city, the economy and the science sector, which supports projects in innovative, future-oriented industries. It aims to strengthen Dortmund's leading position as a location for information and communication technology, micro and nanotechnology, logistics, biomedicine, and electrical engineering.