Together with its manufacturing activity, Catalonia’s strategic location makes it an ideal platform from which to reach Europe, as well as the markets of Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East. The region offers a market of 309 million consumers with a GDP of 7,980,344 million euros, all a two-hour flight from Barcelona.
In terms of business activity, each year 20% of all companies created in Spain are located in Catalonia. Net company creation in Catalonia has increased by an average of 5% annually over the past ten years.
The diversification of the Catalan economic structure and inter-relations among different sectors make Catalonia an ideal location for both industrial and services companies. More than 35,000 flexible and customer-oriented manufacturing companies operate in Catalonia, representing a balanced combination of the two sectors. The diversification of the production network has an obvious effect on competition, as an extensive portfolio of suppliers ensures the availability of goods at very low prices, also ensuring the efficiency of Catalan production.
More than 12,000 km. of highways, around 1,600 km. of railroad lines, three international airports, two of the Mediterranean’s most important ports and a future high-speed rail line make it truly easy to reach the world’s markets from Catalonia.
With 27 million passengers, Prat Airport is the eighth most important airport in Europe and number two in Spain in terms of cargo, moving 90,279 tons in 2005.
In addition, the Port of Barcelona is one of the main ports in the Mediterranean and Southern Europe and the most important destination for Mediterranean cruises.
Catalonia has qualified, efficient and motivated human resources, as well as an extensive range of educational programs at more than 725 high quality public and private schools. The region also boasts a network of 12 universities and business schools which rank among Europe’s most prestigious (IESE, ESADE).
In Catalonia, the availability of multi-lingual, cosmopolitan personnel is matched by its ability to attract multinational talent. Barcelona has become Spain’s favored destination for young foreigners. In 2004, there were more than 8,000 foreign students in Catalonia, around 24% of the total number in Spain.
Year after year, Barcelona has consolidated its position as the best European city in terms of quality of life. According to a study by Cushman & Wakefield Healey & Baker, Barcelona has been ranked number one since 1996, surpassing other European cities such as Paris, London and Dublin.
The Catalan geography is rich and varied: hundreds of kilometers of sunny beaches along the Mediterranean coast, 53 golf courses, 11 downhill ski resorts and 11 cross-country ski resorts, 14 spas, 16 national parks, 29 marinas, 7 waterparks, and more.
The Catalan government’s policies promote business activity and strategic change, stimulating the quality of activity and competitiveness in the economy. Additionally, they reinforce areas such as research and development, innovation and technology transfer and the internationalization of the region’s companies.
In addition, Invest in Catalonia offers technical assistance adapted to suit the needs of companies with investment, reinvestment or expansion projects in Catalonia. This encompasses all phases of the project, from optimizing the initial investment plan to start-up of the business and follow-up activities.
Last updated: 16|07|2015
The information on these pages was prepared by each autonomous community