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Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s big attraction is its diversity. It has a unique mixture of unspoilt nature between the lakes and sea beaches, culture and urban flair in towns varying from centuries-old tradition to innovative modernity which attracts people and causes them to stay. Both German and foreign students and scientists will find modern universities and colleges with high-quality teaching and research. It is the right place to pursue a challenging profession with a future and still have enough time for family and recreation. As an investment location, the region is ideal due to its geographical situation and the future-oriented industry sectors represented here.

Unspoilt nature for enjoyment and recuperation

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers enjoyment for all the senses. The lakes and forests, the meadow landscapes and fields and equally the coast and the sea are not only a refuge for all those who want to escape the bustle of the city. They are also the source of natural foods of incomparable quality and special taste. From this, the chefs in the region create taste experiences based on traditional skills and with modern lightness. The beauty of Nature here also offers the perfect backdrop for a constantly growing number of wellness and health facilities. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has set itself the goal of becoming the foremost region in Germany as regards health.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s nature is as diverse as it is pristine. The landscapes between the Baltic Sea and the Müritz and Schaalsee lakes offer space for animal and plant species which have long disappeared from other parts of Germany. Eagles and cranes and also otters and orchids are at home here. Three national parks, seven nature parks and three biosphere reserves conserve the flora and fauna in the north– more than in any other German federal state. These locations are, however, also extremely valuable for humans. Nowhere are thoughts and calm given so much space as in the wonderfully beautiful nature to be found between the Baltic Sea and the Lake District.

Study and research at the highest level

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is precisely the right place to study, both for a complete degree and as part of a semester abroad. In addition to five modern colleges, two of Northern Europe’s oldest-established universities are located here. Due to the changing territorial affiliation of West Pomerania, the University of Greifswald was even the oldest university in Sweden for a time. Degrees in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are characterised by innovative and practice-oriented degree courses, teaching and research at the highest level and good conditions for study. But the region also has plenty to offer beyond the lecture theatre: intact nature with sea, beaches and lakes is right on the doorstep.

A fresh breeze and space for good ideas – scientists and researchers find both in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The universities and colleges form the centre of an innovative network of scientific institutes and research facilities which seek answers to the questions of the future. The topics they devote themselves to range from satellite-supported observation of the Earth through nuclear fusion and the science of aging processes in humans to livestock research. The good reputation and the facilities at research institutions make Mecklenburg-Vorpommern equally attractive for both young researchers and well-known scientists.

Live, work and always a beach nearby. (Image: TMV/Timo Roth)

Outstanding perspectives for family and career

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.

MV offers an excellent investment climate. (Image: Haentzschel)

Investing in the hub for Scandinavia

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.