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Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's allure is its unique variety. It is the mix of untouched nature between lakes and seashores and the culture and urban flair of towns and cities where centuries-old tradition meets innovative modernity that attracts people and makes them stay. Students and scientists from Germany and abroad will find modern universities and colleges with high quality education and research. It is the right place to pursue a challenging profession with a future, while having enough time for family and recreation. Its geographical position and many future-oriented industries make the state an ideal investment location.
Chalk cliffs on the island of Rügen – Part of Jasmund National Park. (Image: TMV/Thomas Grundner)
Sailing on the Baltic Sea (Image: Thomas Grundner)
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers pleasure for all the senses. Its lakes and forests, meadows and fields, the coast and the sea are not only a retreat for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. They are also the source of organic foods of incomparable quality and taste, from which the region's chefs create culinary experiences right where artisan traditon meets modern ease. Untouched nature serves as the perfect backdrop for a constantly growing number of wellness and healthcare facilities, as Mecklenburg-Vorpommern vies to become the leading healthcare region in Germany.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s nature is as diverse as it is pristine. The landscapes between the Baltic Sea and the Müritz and Schaalsee lakes are home to animal and plant species which have long disappeared from other parts of Germany. Eagles and cranes, otters and orchids thrive here. Three national parks, six nature parks and three biosphere reserves preserve the flora and fauna in the north – more than in any other German federal state. And people benefit greatly from their abundance as well: Nowhere else do tranquility and peace of mind have this much space to unfold as in the beautiful nature between the Baltic Sea and the Lake District.
Whether for the entire course of studies or as part of a semester abroad - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is exactly the right state to study in. In addition to five modern universities of applied sciences, two of Northern Europe’s oldest-established universities are located here. Due to the changing territorial affiliation of Western Pomerania, the University of Greifswald was even the oldest university in Sweden for a time. Students in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern benefit from innovative and practice-oriented courses, teaching and research at the highest level, and optimal study conditions. But the state also has a lot to offer beyond the lecture hall: Intact nature with sea, beach and lakes is right on the doorstep.
A breath of fresh air and space for good ideas - scientists and researchers will find both in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Its universities and technical colleges are at the center of an innovative network of scientific institutes and research facilities working on solutions to help meet the challenges of the future. Their fields of study range from satellite-based earth observation to nuclear fusion, from the science of aging processes in humans to farm animal research. Their good reputation and excellent equipment make Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's research institutions attractive for young academics and renowned scientists alike.
Live, work and always a beach nearby. (Image: TMV/Timo Roth)
Those who wish to live and work in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will find a growing number of attractive employers with a future. The wide variety of industry sectors present in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ranges from tourism, health, nutrition and agriculture, commerce, logistics, mechanical engineering, wind power and IT services to the maritime industry. In addition to attracting existing companies to settle here, the region is also interested in supporting the setting up of new businesses. It offers advice and consultation services and a mentoring programme in which company managers pass on their experiences.
The outstanding work-life balance with leisure facilities for the whole family close by and recreation outdoors in the countryside play an important role in the decision to live and work in MV. Whether it's concerts, theatre or museum visits, internationally renowned festivals, numerous sporting facilities or an excursion to the zoo - young and old get their money's worth. It is possible to perfectly reconcile children and working life because compared to other regions, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is one of those with the proportionately most children who go to daycare centres and offers excellent daycare facilities.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is an ideal place to invest in due to its geographical location alone. As a hub for Scandinavia and the Baltic area, the region offers modern harbours directly connected to important trans-European transport routes. It is fully integrated into international transport and logistics networks. This applies both to the north-south axis and also to the connection between Central and Eastern Europe. Rostock-Laage Airport completes the infrastructure network. The A20 Baltic Sea motorway rounds off the high-capacity traffic infrastructure since its completion in 2006 and ensures excellent accessibility.
In addition to the strong economic sectors of tourism, health, agriculture and the food industry in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, numerous other sectors also play an important role. Globally competitive segments such as energy technology, precision mechanics and materials handling have excellent prospects in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is not only renewable energies which are on the road to success as sunrise industries. The highly specialised automotive and aerospace supply industry is also growing. Products from research ideas which are developed in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are brought to market and sold worldwide.