The European metropolitan region of Munich, which comprises the exciting state capital, Munich, at its center as well as the entire district of Upper Bavaria and several districts in Swabia and Lower Bavaria, has about 5.6 million inhabitants. They generate a GDP of 211.8 billion euros and have an average purchasing power of 24,161 euros. With its extraordinary dynamism, it is one of Europe's leading economic regions and is home to six DAX 40 companies. The region's core competencies are a concentration of knowledge to rival any location in Europe, a very broad technological base with strong representation of sunrise industries and an outstanding quality of life amid beautiful scenery.
The Munich metropolitan region also offers an excellent infrastructure guaranteed through optimal connections to international markets. Along with the highly developed rail and road network, Munich Airport is a key component in the trans-regional transportation network of the metropolitan region and is of vital importance to the Bavarian economy. Many companies have chosen to locate at or near the airport, thus greatly facilitating the establishment of clusters in numerous segments.