• Strong economy
  • Open to the world
  • Competitive and full of talent
  • An entrepreneurial region
  • Quality of life
  • Oportunities

General data

Territory and Population
• Capital: Valencia
• Population: 4,941,509 Inhabitants.
• Foreign population: 661,063 foreign residents (14% of all Spain)
• Area: 23,255 km2

Economic data:
• GDP: 108,782 million euros*
• GDP per cápita: 22,055€*
* 2017

• Exports: 29,371 million euros (27% of GDP) *
• Imports: 26,028 million euros (24% of GDP) *
• Trade Balance: 3,343 milion euros (3% of GDP) *
* 2017


The Valencian Region has an exceptional geostrategic position in the middle of the Western Mediterranean Arch. True logistic hub in the South of Europe, The port joins North Africa and Europe and is a key link with Latin America.

5 ports: Located in Castellón, Alicante, Sagunto, Valencia y Gandia.
3 International airports: Alicante (El Altet), Valencia (Manises) and Castellón.
Road network: the Valencian Region is connected by road to the rest of Spain and Europe through network of fast roads.

- The A-3 which reaches Madrid in 3.5 hours and from there links up with the rest of the motorways connecting all of the other major Spanish cities.
- The A-7 (E-15) crosses the Valencian Region along the Spanish Mediterranean connecting France with Algeciras. The approximate distance from Valencia to France is 500 km and takes an average.

Railways: Excellent railway connections for passengers and goods. The AVE (Spanish high-speed trains) connects Valencia, Alicante and Castellón to Madrid.

The Valencian Region is part of the proyect The Mediterranean Corridor that will improve the connectivity of all the main cities of Spain, from France to Algeciras (Andalucia) and will reduce transport time of people and goods connecting with rail access to the Spanish Mediterranean ports. The Valencian Region has an strategic position in the middle of this Mediterranean Corridor.


• Industrial GDP: 18%
• Number of companies: 350,065
• Number of foreign companies: 1,704 (+50% foreign capital)
• Number of employees in industry: 270,500

Features industrial base:

- Predominance of small and medium enterprises
- High geographic and industrial concentration of activities, with well-established, internationally-focused clusters as ceramic, agrochemical, habitat or footwear.
- Clearly export-focused.


Our region’s population is one of the highest qualified in Spain and the South of Europe thanks to an educational system based on excellence.

• 4 private
• 5 public (with 5 science parks)

- 124,000 university students
- 95,000 vocational training students.

International Education Centers:
• In English: two kinds of systems, the American with two schools (in Valencia and Alicante) and English, taught in schools all around the region.
• In French: Lycée Français (Valencia and Alicante)..
• In German: La Deutsche Schule (Valencia)


• 24 million tourists per year; of whom 8,9 millions are foreign.
• 300 days of sun per year.
• 514 kilometres of coastline.
• 260 beaches, with a total length of 265 kilometres (15% of the national total).
• 40 marinas: 24 in the province of Alicante, 7 en Castellón y 9 en Valencia .

The sun and beach tourism joins a wide range of inland nature-based tourism which, together with superb historical and artistic heritage, a wide range of festivals and rich local cuisine, makes our land a priority for international tourism.

Health Service

Comprehensive healthcare: quality and free public health system

• 61 hospitals.
• 847 health centres.
• ?60,000 health professionals.

The Valencian Region is a highly competitive, modern and innovative Spanish region, with an exceptional location on the Mediterranean, providing easy access to the markets of the European Union.

It has an open economy which is focused on international markets, as the following figures show:

Openness index:

  • Valencian Region: >46%
  • Spain: 47,2%
  • WTO average: 41,7%

The Valencian Region's foreign trade volume makes it one of Spain’s four leading exporting regions, contributing net external financing to Spain as a whole: 

  • Exports of goods and services exceed 25% of regional GDP.
  • The region’s export base has over 22,000 companies (>6% of Valencian companies).
  • Diverse destinations and range of export products.

The relative weight of sales to emerging countries (BRICS and Next-11) is higher than the weight of Spanish exports to these destinations, which are more focused on the EU, and includes an increasing proportion of medium-high technology products. 

The region’s excellent location in terms of logistics and its excellent potential for international trade are attracting more and more foreign manufacturing investment.

Direct foreign investment in the Valencian Region:

  • €166 million in 2013
  • € 808 million in 2014, i.e. 381% increase.

An exceptional location, a strong exporting tradition, and the cosmopolitan and innovative character of the Valencian people. These three factors have turned the Valencian Region into a solid economy and a global competitor with a powerful capacity to attract highly profitable business projects.

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