FACTS & FIGURES

  • The largest city in the Basque Country, Bilbao is one of the most knowledge-intensive and innovative regions in southern Europe.
  • The major economic and financial hub in the Bay of Biscay, which covers an area holding approximately 3,000,000 people.
  • A medium-sized city with a population of 346,000, Bilbao provides services for almost 1,000,000 across its metropolitan area of Greater Bilbao.

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

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

Throughout history, Bilbao has turned its problems into opportunities. And over the last 30 years, it has reinvented itself, becoming an economic hub and world-renowned example of urban transformation.

Despite its success, Bilbao never stands still. It continues to develop projects so it can stay competitive on the global stage. And thanks to its skill for reinvention, Bilbao has been able to evolve into a modern, efficient, friendly and attractive place to live, work and visit.

A CITY-BRAND THAT GIVES VALUE

Who hasn’t heard about the Guggenheim Effect? Bilbao’s unique and individual city-brand is well positioned internationally, reflecting in the reputation of international companies that move here.

Attracting tourism and visitors from all over the world, the city has been designed with the help of world-famous architects like Norman Foster, Cesar Pelli and Isozaki Atea. Little wonder it’s referred to as best-city and best-destination in tourism brochures.

A world-class business ecosystem, talented population, autonomous taxation system and high levels of self-governance.

Bilbao is ready for business!

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