Frankfurt is the economic powerhouse of the region. The city has achieved a prominent position as the most important telecommunications node in Germany and as a European center for internet connections and services. Several thousand miles of fiber optic cables run through the city. Companies based here have easy access to the infrastructure they need to navigate the globally interconnected world of business successfully. Frankfurt is international. People from more than 170 countries live and work in Frankfurt. About 20% of all resident companies come from abroad. They enrich the city with their expertise and their cultural influences and contribute to an international living and working environment. Notwithstanding all its diversity, the city has remained a manageable metropolis, easy to navigate for newcomers and easy to make a home of.

In Frankfurt you are very well positioned to exploit opportunities within the creative economy. The city is home of a thriving digital media sector, a successful design industry, and vibrant film and games industries. Also Frankfurt is a major center for the creative industries within the State of Hesse and has expanded rapidly in recent years. The creative sector employs 36,800 people, who are representing 6% of the total of the city’s workforce.

You can find more detailed information on this and more in the latest creative industry report:


Frankfurt received top rating in the European benchmark

The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2017 ranks Frankfurt on place 7 in the XL group (population: 500,000 up to 1,000,000) of 34 ranked cities. The monitor’s quantitative information is captured in 29 indicators relevant to nine dimensions reflecting three major facets of cities’ cultural, social and economic vitality:

The Save City Index 2017  is a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit, ranks 60 cities across 49 indicators. Frankfurt holds worldwide place 11 in personal security and place 16 in digital security.  In health security Frankfurt ranks third place worldwide & first place in Europe.


Emerging startup ecosystem 

The Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER), produced by Startup Genome is a leap forward in the understanding of startup ecosystems and the global network of capital and connections that drive them. Startup Gnome identified Frankfurt as an emerging startup ecosystem with promising assets and performance, especially with regards to Talent, Startup Experience, and Corporate Involvement. Fueled with an educated workforce that is increasingly turning to the startup scene as a career choice. Frankfurt’s reputation for FinTech is expanding to include other high tech industries. The Frankfurt ecosystem benefits from business and tech talent drawn from top class universities. Frankfurt has the highest percentage of their software development team with a software engineering degree at 88%.


Information about the different creative industries sectors in Frankfurt


Creative and well-educated people with smart ideas are essential for the future of our society – and, of course, also for the economy. The students at the local universities and academies are enjoying a high-level education, making them fit for their future in the creative industries:

  1. Universities
  2. Private Academies
  3. Technical Colleges

Information to the different Creative Industries Sectors

  1. Architecture
  2. Publishing
  3. Design
  4. Film Business
  5. Art Market
  6. Performing Arts
  7. Music Business
  8. Press Market
  9. Broadcasting
  10. Software-/Games-Industry
  11. Advertising


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Photos: Nemanja Knežević for NODE Forum for Digital Arts 2015