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The City of Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig is the fastest growing German city

According to a recent study, Leipzig is the fastest growing city in Germany. By 2035, population growth of around 16 percent is expected. Nearby cities such as Potsdam, Dresden, Erfurt, Halle, Magdeburg and Jena can also count on growth. At the same time nationwide, a stronger urban-rural gradient is expected. Overall, according to the study of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, Saxony is economically on the fast track. DHL, Amazon, Siemens, BMW, Porsche and many IT start-ups are home in Leipzig.

Under the motto 'strengthening the strengths', emphasis is placed on five high-growth sectors whose basic structures are already sufficiently developed. Leipzig's economic strategy is to back promising industries with a bright future. The five clusters are

1. Automotives & Engineering

2. Healthcare & Biotech 

3. Energy & Sustainability

4. Logistics

5. Media & Creative Industries

Student Life in Leipzig

There are currently over 40,000 students studying for an academic qualification in the city of Leipzig. It is a large, dynamic city in the state of Saxony, which is home to renowned architecture, stunning landmarks, a diverse range of activities and beautiful green space. Leipzig is very popular and captivating for young people. Over the course of several years, the city has become increasingly popular and attractive to students. Even young people living or working in Berlin have started to move towards Leipzig, only 70 minutes from the German capital.  

Affordability, diversity and accessibility to the rest of Europe, is instrumental to student reasoning for living and building a life in Leipzig. If you love shopping, The inner city is largely dominated by a spacious pedestrian zone with an extensive selection of shops and stores, perfect for shopping fanatics.

Beautifully green, the Leipzig Auwald (large wetland forest park) stretches across the city from north to south and offers a great place to relax or catch up with friends. A large network of waterways and rivers work their way through the city, leading to manmade lakes situated to the south of the city. Cospudener Lake, one of Leipzig’s most popular swimming, sunbathing and boating spots – is a great weekend escape and only a bus journey away.

Leipzig Halle Airport is located nearby and offers flights to Frankfurt, Munich, Istanbul, Vienna and London - perfect for a weekend driven by wanderlust!

Berlin has two airports, offering an extensive number of international connections and only a 90-minute train journey from Leipzig. 

Leipzig's Economic Strategy 

The "Cool-Kid Town"

The New York Times refers to Leipzig as being a "Cool-Kid Town" and lists it within the top 52 destinations to visit in 2020. The authors particularly highlight the year of industrial culture, which Leipzig celebrates in 2020, as well as referring to exciting exhibitions, lectures and guided tours.

On this list, the city can be found alongside Washington, Salzburg, Tokyo, Cairo and the Bahamas.