An accesible administration

Navarra is characterized by the ease of access to the different Administrations of the Government of Navarra, due to:

  • The fact that one of our priorities is the development of a good business climate.
  • The relatively small size of the region (10,500 m2) and the fact that it is a single-territory region facilitate accessibility.

Navarra is the third region in the easy of doing business index of Spain 2015.

Strategic Location and Modern infrastructures

Navarra is strategically located in the north of Spain, bordering with France, allowing easy access to the richest and most industrialized countries in Europe.

Navarra stands at the crossroads of the two great logistic corridors in Spain: North-South (linking Paris and Madrid) and East-West (Bilbao-Barcelona), providing access to the Spanish and European markets, with more than 100 million consumers.

Navarra has a modern electricity and natural gas distribution network, which allows the implementation of large energy consumers. It also boasts state-of-the-art technological infrastructure deployed in almost all the territory of Navarra.

Competitive Labor Costs

Navarra offers very competitive labour costs below the average for the EU15 and EU25.

Although it can be considered an expensive area compared to other regions in Spain, our labor productivity is much higher than in the rest of Spain. Indeed, it is also higher than the national average of other advanced countries such as France, Finland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Own Taxation System

The Region of Navarra enjoys a high degree of self-government within Spain, enabling it to maintain its own, differentiated tax system with a clear focus on providing incentives for investment in production facilities and equipment.

The Government of Navarra is dynamic and close to entrepreneurial projects with a capacity for swift and coordinated answers to the demands of the business fabric (Its small size favors this approach).

The theoretical tax rate for companies is between 19 and 28% depending on its size (in Spain it is 25%). However, if we take into account tax depreciation, reductions on the tax base and tax deductions on the contribution, we can conclude that the average effective rate in Navarra is significantly lower than the average in Spain (in 2013 it was 16.8 % compared to 19.6% on average in Spain).

A leading region in innovation and technology transfer

Navarra is the second Spanish region in terms of expenditure on R&D per capita: 1.91% of its GDP in 2012. It is ahead of larger regions such as Madrid on Catalonia and is only behind the Basque Country.

The private sector leads R&D activity with 68.4% of the total expenditure on R&D.

The number of people working in R&D has multiplied by 2.5 times reaching a total of more than 5.000 professionals in the last ten years.

The Government of Navarra has provided continued support for R&D over the last 40 years.

Most of the region´s techonology centers come under ADITECH (an umbrella organization) that consists of 11 centers in 4 sectors: Agrifood, Biotech, Energy and Industry. This network consists of 850 researchers and represents revenues of 60 million euros a year.

Highly qualified population

Navarra population has one of the highest level of education in Spain, next to the Basque Country and Madrid.

Navarra benefits from excellent educational resources: 3 universities, 33 centers for professional training, 57 secondary and more than 250 primary schools.

The region boasts top rates of education and professional training, with the highest rates of school success in Spain, above the European average, ranking 19th among the 271 European regions with the most highly qualified personnel in science and technology. The 60% of the population has a high school diploma or a university degree.

Outstanding standard of living

Navarra is one of the Spanish regions with best indicators of national well-being, access to services and living standards.

With a Gini index of 28 and an OCDE human development index (HDI) of 0.97, Navarra is one of the regions with the highest standard of living worldwide.

It has important facilities such as:

  • Natural parks as percentage of territory: Navarra (13%), EU (10%), Spain: (1%).
  • Significant sports facilities.
  • More than 1,600 culture and leisure clubs.
  • First region in Spain to establish a public recycling program.
  • Model health system.

Its capital, Pamplona, is at the top of the ranking of the best cities in Spain to live in.

Last updated: 17|01|2018

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