Cantabria boasts highly qualified human capital which is very motivated and well educated. The deeply rooted industrial culture of the Cantabrian population, together with intensive occupational training activity, has created a pool of highly qualified labor. As a result, the population of Cantabria is characterized by its high levels of education and qualifications, with close to 70% of the working age population having completed university studies or secondary education.
The Universidad de Cantabria is heavily involved in the social and economic development of the region, contributing significant added value to industry, which it provides with qualified human capital and with which it collaborates actively on innovation.
As a key aspect of corporate competitiveness, the extensive occupational training opportunities in Cantabria provide companies with personnel which is well qualified to meet the needs and requirements of today’s industry.
Innovation and technological development are priorities for Cantabria, and are constantly fed by our qualified human capital.
The upcoming opening of the Cantabria Science and Technology Park will reinforce existing research and development offerings, as well as consolidating the region’s emerging information and communication technology sector.
The prestigious Universidad de Cantabria is one of Spain’s most important in the field of research and development. Additionally, Cantabria has positioned itself as an international benchmark in the field of renewable energies linked to wave power.
Cantabria offers especially competitive labor costs per hour worked, high productivity levels and one of the best rates for annual average hours worked per day in the industrial sector.
The existence of a labor market with the combination of a highly qualified young population and competitive labor costs puts Cantabria in an exceptional position, with a very competitive business network and greater business opportunities than other regions.
Additionally, Cantabria is characterized by a favorable social climate, guaranteed by means of the Social Concentration Agreement among trade unions, business owners and the regional government. These agents provide a stable framework which has been strengthened over time. As a result of this agreement, labor conflicts have been reduced to an insignificant figure in recent years.
The Autonomous Community of Cantabria boasts a complete ground, air and sea transportation network which facilitates connections with the rest of Spain and major European capitals. The high-capacity road infrastructure is centered on two axes, one running east-west along the coast, providing direct and uninterrupted freeway access to the rest of Europe; the other runs north-south to the other cities of Spain.
As regards the rail network, the autonomous community also has one line which connects it to the rest of Spain and another running east-west, with rapid connections to high-speed European rail networks.
The Port of Santander, with significant natural growth potential due to its location, offers its clients customized services, with a comprehensive range of options which can be adapted to the particular needs of each type of goods. In addition, Santander has a modern airport with numerous flights to major domestic and international destinations.
Cantabria is privileged to enjoy a high quality of life. Together with a mild climate, it offers a combination of such important elements as art and nature, history and leisure, tradition and gastronomy. Part sea coast and part mountainous region, it has the typical characteristics of an Atlantic climate, with mild temperatures year round.
The capital, Santander, with its spectacular inner bay, beautiful beaches and extensive green spaces, is considered one of Europe’s loveliest cities.
200 kilometers of coastline, more than 100 beaches, one of the largest areas of natural protected spaces in Europe, peaks which top 2,500 meters, rivers with good fishing and the largest game preserve in Spain make Cantabria an exceptional location for lovers of nature and water sports. The Alto Campoo ski resort offers a variety of winter sports for enthusiasts. In addition, golf lovers can enjoy magnificent courses throughout the region.
Last updated: 16|07|2015
The information on these pages was prepared by each autonomous community