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La Rioja

1. La Rioja - Attractive economy

Attractive economy

A dynamic and stable economy. La Rioja is one of the richest regions in Spain and has a high GDP per capita, above the Spanish average and that of the 27 countries of the European Union.

Institutional stability. La Rioja has great institutional stability that covers all levels of the regional and local administration and provides the security required for investments.

Healthy social climate. La Rioja has a healthy social climate thanks to the good relations between the regional government, employers and trade unions; this situation can be seen in the levels of labour conflicts, which are among the lowest in Spain.

2. La Rioja- Competitive and innovative business environment

Competitive and innovative business environment

Research and technology centres. As part of its firm commitment to R&D to improve the competitiveness of the region's businesses, the Government of La Rioja has fostered the creation of various specialised research and technology centres.

Operating costs. Labour costs in La Rioja are among the most competitive in Spain; they are below the Spanish average and that of the countries of the European Union.

3. La Rioja- Highly qualified population

Highly qualified population

La Rioja has human capital that is trained, efficient and highly motivated. It has a high level of training and is one of the regions in Spain with the highest proportion of working-age population with academic qualifications, together with a large number of university graduates.

4. La Rioja- Privileged situation and connections

Privileged situation and connections

Geographical location. La Rioja is a modest-sized region set in the Valley of El Ebro and it is part of the small group of Spain's most prosperous regions. The region is crossed by two of the most important economic and communications axes in the north of Spain: the Valley of El Ebro and the Way of St James. The privileged strategic situation also has excellent connections with Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona and Valencia, as well as a natural route to the rest of Europe through France.

Transport infrastructure (road, rail, air). The continuous improvement of transport infrastructures with important work on the road network, the high-speed railway line and the airport make La Rioja a territory that is open, permeable and increasingly attractive. It also has important presence abroad.

5. La Rioja- Availability of industrial land

Availability of industrial land

La Rioja has a large number of industrial estates across the entire region and is continuously developing new sites in response to the business need for growth and the attraction of new initiatives.

6. La Rioja- Exceptional quality of life

Exceptional quality of life

La Rioja is also known for its exceptional quality of life and the open character of its people. The region has a wealth of art, history, nature, tradition and gastronomy that surprises all visitors. The people of La Rioja enjoy all the benefits of living in small towns without having to give up access to a wide range of services (education, health, culture, leisure and sports). All this is combined with a high level of citizen safety, which makes La Rioja an ideal region for living and working.

Last updated: 16|07|2015

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