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A great place to live and work

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s strength as a business centre is based on the diversity of its economic structure, a mixture of global players, small and medium business enterprises and well-trained and qualified workers. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers a multitude of prospects for both innovative high-tech sectors and traditional processing industry. Natural geographical advantages such as wind, solar power and free space for innovation have turned Mecklenburg-Vorpommern into one of the leading German regions in the shift to a sustainable energy future. An increasing number of trainees, students and skilled workers are moving to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for a better quality of life that is compatible with having a career.

MV’s globally competitive and steadily growing industry segments offer the best of conditions. (Image: MV Werften Wismar GmbH)

An economic site for profitable investments

Mechanical engineering, life science, the foodstuff and lumber industries, logistics and automotive, maritime industry or renewable energies: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s globally competitive and steadily growing segments offer the best of conditions. On top of this is the tremendous supply of highly-qualified engineers, the direct proximity to research and science along with networks close to the field of practice, making possible synergies and joint projects.

The geographic situation of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern also offers many advantages: This hub for Scandinavia and the Northern Baltic offers modern ports with direct connections to important trans-European transportation routes. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is tightly integrated into international transport networks: This goes for the North-South axis as well as the linkage between Central and Eastern Europe. Rostock-Laage Airport reinforces the infrastructural network. A20 motorway completed the powerful infrastructure of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in 2006.

Industrial sectors and fields of growth

The food industry is one of MV’s most important industrial sectors. The product range is broad: it covers milk products and juice, bakery products, sausage and meat products, baby food, rape seed oil – and of course fish. The regions of Ludwigslust und Demmin and the island of Rügen are important food industry centres. The close proximity of local agriculture and the food industry leads to important synergy effects including extended sales opportunities for farmers and high-quality raw materials for the food industry. In addition to conventional agriculture, organic farming is becoming increasingly important. In livestock farming, breeding cattle and pigs plays the largest rtole. Around one third of cattle are milk cows.

The maritime industry is also an important economic factor in MV. It is divided into ship and boat building, maritime suppliers and marine and offshore technology. The region’s seaports and the associated logistics sector are important growth stimulators. Thirteen port locations offer modern logistics services. Shipbuilding in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern mainly involves the areas of marine technology and speciality shipbuilding. The maritime suppliers and service providers in MV are therefore busy developing and producing future-relevant, innovative system solutions.

The IT sector is growing in importance for MV. In addition to already established companies, an increasing number of start-ups have come into being in recent years which are developing new digital solutions. A large number of IT companies are also active in the field of research. The region’s universities train highly qualified staff for these tasks. Initiatives for the interdisciplinary and practice-related collaboration of research and development also emanate from them. A number of such companies from MV presented themselves under the heading of “Digitalents.MV” at the CEBIT 2018 in Hanover, one of the largest trade events in the world for information technology. The topics on the joint stand ranged from staff deployment planning 4.0 to digitalised laboratory analysis and thus made the sector’s broad spectrum in the region visible.

Holiday is in our nature

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is characterised by beaches and the lake district, islands and national parks, the Baltic Sea and the Müritz, and is the number one holiday region in Germany for trips lasting more than five days, according to an analysis by the Urlaub und Reisen (FUR) research group. MV is also very popular with families and the most popular domestic holiday destination. Accordingly, tourism is one of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern‘s most important economic and growth sectors. The biggest growth drivers are camping sites, hotels and holiday accommodation.

The DOCK INN in Rostock is the first hostel made of upcycled overseas shipping containers. (Image: DOCK INN GmbH)

MV has already received numerous awards for its tourist offerings. In 2017, another of its innovative and creative tourism ideas again achieved first place in the German Tourism Awards: Rostock’s Dock Inn – Germany’s first hostel made of upcycled overseas shipping containers. In 2018, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was the official partner region for the international Tourism Fair in Berlin, the first federal state ever in the history of the fair. Amongst other things, MV won against the competition with its sustainable tourism concept: by buying a so-called Forest Share, holidaymakers can support a reforestation project and neutralise their CO2 consumption during their stay.

Renewable energies: into the future with a tail wind

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has natural geographical advantages when it comes to energies of the future: a brisk wind from the Baltic, the greatest number of hours of sun in Germany and a lot of free space for innovation. With almost 68 % of electricity coming from wind, bio, water and sun energy it takes on a leading role amongst the German federal states.

The business and industrial areas near ports strengthen the supplier structure, facilitating the establishment of productive off-shore wind energy parks such as Baltic I, located about ten nautical miles before the peninsula of Darss-Zingst. There is also a fresh wind blowing through research and science: from specialised degree courses to regenerative energies and electrical energy systems through interdisciplinary collaborations to a close transfer of knowledge into industry.

two people with protective helmets in front of a wind engine

A fresh wind for fresh ideas is blowing in MV.

Best work-life-balance

Work-life-balance is an important factor when choosing a career and where to live. Many international companies have settled in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, as the conditions are particularly attractive. The wide variety of sectors present in MV ranges from tourism, the health, nutrition and agricultural industries through trade, logistics, mechanical engineering, wind energy and IT services to the maritime industry. There is an extensive range of work opportunities for trainees, first-time employees and skilled workers in tourism, health management, commerce, logistics, mechanical engineering, wind energy, IT services, and in the maritime industry.

In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, it is possible to have both a family and a career: the cost of living is relatively low and childcare is provided for almost half of all children under the age of 3 and almost all 3 to 6-year-olds. Clean, unspoilt nature is often just a few minutes by car from the workplace, regardless of whether it’s the river landscape of the Müritz, one of the region’s many lakes or the Baltic Sae beach. This designated health spot with its unique natural landscape, beaches and lakes, provides an extensive premium range of sports, leisure and wellness activities.