IKM-Monitoring presents data on eleven German metropolitan regions

Group of European Metropolitan Regions publishes annual structural and development report
24 November 2023
Luftaufnahme Hamburg

The group of European Metropolitan Regions (IKM) in Germany has presented its annual report on the risks, opportunities and challenges facing eleven German metropolitan regions, as determined by the Ministerial Conference for Spatial Planning.

Raising awareness of metropolitan regions 

"Monitoring is important for the perception and understanding the importance of German metropolitan regions. At the same time, it provides a very good data basis for identifying challenges, opportunities and the need for action in the metropolitan regions," said Jakob Richter, spokesperson for IKM and head of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region's Office. The data also shows how important metropolitan regions are for Germany's overall development. The monitoring gives the political sphere, local government stakeholders and businesspeople insight into the diverse structures and trends across all of Germany's metropolitan regions.

Monitoring highlights districts and rural areas

The monitoring also highlights the situation in the districts and rural areas. Key figures are collected on the labour market, education, population structure and development, finances, subsidies, settlement structure, housing and property market as well as economic performance, mobility, tourism and scientific landscape. The monitoring system offers four modules: Structural data, planning and calculation-relevant absolute values, fact sheets with brief reports on the individual regions and maps with geographical information. IKM monitoring is based on data from the Federal and State Statistical Offices, the Working Group on National Accounts of the Federal States and the Federal Employment Agency.


Hamburg Metropolitan Region economically attractive 

More than 5 million people live and work in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, an economic centre of northern Europe between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea with the Elbe River as its lifeline. The region is a promising economic hub with a high standard of living that attracts global and national companies. Export-orientated companies benefit from the Port of Hamburg, the ports of Cuxhaven, Brunsbüttel, Glückstadt, Stade and the inland ports of Lüneburg and Uelzen.