Expertise as a principle.
Competent in IT:
The Karlsruhe IT region is Europe’s third-largest IT cluster with over 3600 IT companies and internationally renowned technology users and around 36,000 employees.
Competent in science and research:
Karlsruhe is the home of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), a unique amalgamation of university and large-scale research centre, one of the world’s biggest research and teaching establishments with some 8300 employees and an annual budget of approximately 650 million euros.
The KIT combined with three Fraunhofer Institutes and other highly acclaimed universities and institutions located here make Karlsruhe the city with the highest density of researchers in Europe.
Competent in trade and industry:
The Karlsruhe TechnologieRegion is one of the strongest regions in Europe in economic terms. The pro capita gross domestic product is well above the EU average.
A competitive edge is created by efficient regional networks and clusters in the energy, nanotechnology, and automotive industries as well as in information technology and communication sectors.
The Rhine port, as one of Germany’s biggest inland ports, and MIRO Mineralölraffinerie Oberrhein, the biggest oil refinery in Germany, underscore Karlsruhe’s importance in trade and industry.
Competent in law:
Karlsruhe, the seat of justice, has embodied the modern, democratic constitutional state of Germany for more than 60 years.
Germany’s highest judicial institutions are located here:
the Federal Constitutional Court, the Federal Supreme Court, and the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Competent in medicine:
The healthcare location Baden-Württemberg is Germany’s biggest centre for pharmaceutics and medical technology, the second-biggest centre for biotechnology, and the state with second-greatest number of provident institutions and rehabilitation facilities.
Many companies in the medical technology and pharmaceutical industries have their headquarters in the Karlsruhe region.
Karlsruhe also has four hospitals offering all levels of clinical care as well as one special hospital – most notably the Städtische Klinikum Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Municipal Clinical Centre) as an academic teaching/training hospital of Freiburg University.
Competent in politics and society:
Located at the heart of the region from which the Baden Revolution arose in 1848/49 and the cradle of the first German parliamentary building, the “Ständehaus” (Baden House of the Estates), inaugurated in 1822, Karlsruhe looks back on a long and proud tradition of democracy in Germany.
So it’s no surprise that political parties and social institutions in particular feel at home here – the Green Party, for example, held their founding party conference in Karlsruhe’s Stadthalle in 1980.