Emilia-Romagna is a region open to new foreign investments, whose development model has been able to combine economic competitiveness with a high level of social cohesion and an enviable quality of life. With a world-class business and innovation ecosystem, top level supply and value chains, a business-oriented public administration granting support and incentives to investors, excellent locations and an international mindset: Emilia-Romagna is just the perfect place to invest in! 

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Mappa dell'Europa con focus sull'Emilia-Romagna

Population

4.5 milion
Inhabitants

Governance
1 Region, 1 Metropolitan city (Bologna), 328 municipalities with 8 main cities (Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia, Rimini).

A region of wellbeing

BEAUTY: 
Plenty of UNESCO Sites, with porticoes of Bologna awarded as new world heritage site in 2021

INCLUSION:
Lower social exclusion rate than in Italy and Europe

QUALITY OF LIFE: 
Higher employment and GDP per capita than in Italy and Europe; strong cultural offer

A well connected region

TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURES:
In strategic position connecting Northern Europe and Mediterranean area

DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURES:
Top smart cities, broadband connection and Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) higher than the national average

A region of knowledge and research

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION:
1st region in Italy for innovation according to the Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2021 (European Commission)

EDUCATION:
Oldest University in Western Europe strongly oriented towards Industry 4.0 and innovation

INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM:
With a unique High Technology Network integrated in Clusters and Technopoles

BIG DATA VALLEY:
A top world hub for supercomputers and data centres

A sustainable region

Regional Pact for Labour and Climate 2020: a shared overall strategy up to 2030 for a regional sustainable development in the environmental, social and economic dimensions.

A competitive and international region

ECONOMY:
Strong manufacturing sector with 26.9% of total employees, being 20.7% the Italian average and 18.4% the European one

INTERNATIONALISATION:
1st Italian region for export per capita

ATTRACTIVENESS:
Open region with strong incentives for new investments, 7th European Large region for FDI Strategy according to FDI Intelligence division of the Financial Times

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Logo delle città e regioni europee con il FDI più alto nel 2020/21

 

A region of excellences

Global leader in industrial machinery (e.g. packaging) and ceramics, boasting the top world Motor and Food Valleys, growing more and more in Health and Wellness and home of successful creative brands

Facts and Figures

Competitiveness and Internationalization
Research, Innovation, Education
Employment, Inclusion, Governance, Quality of Life