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Malaga, Spain Open for Business
Malaga, Spain, a city to Live, to Work and to Invest
Accenture, Ciklum, Caterpillar, CGI, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Dekra, Deloitte, Ebury, Ericsson, Fujitsu Ten, Google, Huawei, IBM, ITRS, Keysight Technologies, Oracle, TDK-EPCOS and other international companies have benefited from expanding their teams in Malaga during the last 6 years.
So why do so many people consider Malaga one of the best places to live, to work and to invest in?
Perhaps it is its strategic geographic location on the Mediterranean coast or the low cost of living juxtaposed with a high quality of life, but I think that it has more to do with the fact that Malaga is an entrepreneurial Smart City with a surrounding innovative ecosystem called Malaga Valley known for its high-tech industry, its Smart City initiatives and its entrepreneurial spirit.
Malaga with a metropolitan population of 1.6 million (8 % foreign) is a dynamic Southern European hub. As the `Gateway to the Costa del Sol and to Andalucia,` the service sector represents 70% of the city`s GDP. Malaga`s economic growth was 3.5 % in 2015 & projected to be 3 % in 2016. 14 companies per day were created in 2015, as Malaga continues to lead regional growth and is ranked 4th nationally. 1,000 jobs were created last year in the technology sector as employment in the Andalucian Technological Park (PTA) grew more than 8%. The PTA is home to 626 companies and employs 16.774 people. Software development, wireless solutions, telecommunications, big data analytics, radio frequency identification, aeronautics, biotechnology and renewable energies are some of the sectors represented by the companies at the park.
The University of Malaga, with 36,000 students, the Samsung Tech Institute as well as nano-medicine & biotechnology centers concentrate knowledge and develop qualified people. Additionally, the surrounding area boasts 20 multilingual international schools: English, French, German, Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish and more.
Malaga`s state-of-the-art international airport has 2 runways, direct flights to 142 destinations (for example London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Oslo, Moscow, Rome, Helsinki, Dublin, Istanbul & New York) in 31 different countries and receives more than 14 million passengers annually. Last year, 418,272 passengers arrived to Malaga on 233 cruise ships, while high-speed trains brought more than 3.7 million people to Malaga.
There is a strong commitment to the digital economy, sustainable mobility, energy efficiency big data analytics and the application of new technologies. The City has more than 40 "Smart City" initiatives underway and several international pilot projects such as the Japanese Zero Emissions Mobility To All electric vehicle project. This project operates 200 electric vehicles and 220 charging stations in the city, thanks to the collaboration of Endesa, Mitsubushi, Hitachi, NEDO, Ayesa, TelefÃƒÂ³nica and the City of Malaga. In 2012, Malaga was the only Spanish city to be awarded by IBM Smarter Cities Challenge.
Malaga has a rich historical heritage, such as the Catholic Cathedral, the Arab Castle known as `Alcazaba,` the Roman theater, and more than 32 museums, including the Museum and the Birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Centre Pompidou in Malaga, the Collection from the Russian Museum of Art in St. Petersburg, the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the Contemporary Art Centre and a comprehensive network of small museums for music, food, Holy Week, flamenco, popular arts and more. The city is the birthplace of the great painter Pablo Picasso and the international actor Antonio Banderas. The culture in Malaga is not only an attraction for more than one million tourists every year, but it is also part of our way of being, living and working.
In conclusion, Malaga is not only a city to visit, but also to live in and to invest in.
The City of Malaga has made a commitment to advise foreign companies and we offer services to help your company. Please contact Marc Sanderson, Director of International Economic Development at the City of Malaga, Tel: (+34) 951 929 079, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: website www.OpenForBusiness.Malaga.eu
Malaga is one of the oldest cities in Europe and its inhabitants have always felt a special affinity which I invite you to experience. I sincerely hope that you will consider Malaga to help your business grow.
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