IN FIGURES

Bilbao is the largest city in in the Basque Country with 346.000 inhabitants; 1,000,000 people if we talk about the Greater Bilbao, as the city-region is locally known. Bilbao is also the major economic and financial hub in the Bay of Biscay, covering an influence area of 3.000.000 people approximately

GDP
per capita

+19 % higher than the EU-28 Average

Average
productivity

+27,9 % higher than the EU-28 Average

R&D Spending as
% of GDP

+0,63 % higher
than Spain

University-educated working population

The highest proportion in the country

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Bilbao is a city that throughout its history has been able to turn problems into opportunities. Over the last 30 years Bilbao has been able to reinvent itself, becoming a reference model for cities all around the world. However, the city does not remain still. It continues developing projects to remain competitive in the global scene.

Over the last 30 years Bilbao has evolved to a modern, efficient, friendly and attractive place to live, work and visit.

1880

 Industrial Stage

1980

Urban Transformation

2010

Knowledge Economy

Present & Future

A city open to the world

The economic and social environment and climate of the city stimulates the development of new technologies, promotes innovative industry with high added value, and boosts the tourism, culture, leisure and services of an advanced society.

A CITY-BRAND THAT GIVES VALUE

Bilbao Effect. Its unique and differentiated city-brand is well positioned internationally and ensures a great reputation for international companies.

In recent years, Bilbao has undergone a miraculous transformation, living out a dream which has put the city at the international forefront of urban transformation. What is commonly referred to throughout the world as the “Guggenheim effect” is attributable to the spectacular international notoriety of the Museum, and to the major changes and urban innovation which has taken place alongside the river.

But the transformation of Bilbao goes way beyond the mere construction of an emblematic building: it is, rather, the result of a wide range of interwoven measures aligned to an intelligent vision.

Cultural events

Conventions, congresses and business meetings

Green areas

Airport

BILBAO READY FOR BUSINESS

 

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