Barcelona is the capital of one of the most powerful and dynamic regions in Europe: Catalonia.

The city enjoys a privileged and strategic location. Connected to the rest of the world via El Prat international airport and its port, which is the most important in the Mediterranean. And with high-speed rail, connecting to the main European capitals.

Barcelona 2016 - Some figures

  • A thriving city with 1,615,908 inhabitants (Metro Area of 4.7 million)
  • The capital of Catalonia, generating 20% of Spain’s GDP and 25% of its exports
  • 167,500 companies (95% of them SMEs and micro businesses)
  • 1 million workers, 53% of which employed in knowledge intensive sectors
  • 37% of the workforce holds a university degree
  • 214,000 students at the nine Universities of the Barcelona area
  • 16.4 Million tourist overnight stays
  • 3rd World leading city hosting International meetings and congresses
  • Hosting the Mobile World Congress, as Mobile World Capital, until 2023
  • 5th Best world city in terms of quality of life (State of the World cities UN-Habitat 2012)
  • 12th World leading city receiving FDI projects (Global Cities Investment Monitor 2012)
  • 10th World leading city in scientific production
  • An airport serving almost 40 million passengers and 130 international destinations