Bergamo is located in the centre of Lombardy, one of the most dynamic and economically developed areas in the EU. Its central position enhances communication with other markets and boosts the prestige of the whole area. With a population of over 1 million, Bergamo is famous for its craft firms, which account for 40% of the approx. 95,000 companies based here.
Industry is very competitive and export-oriented. Machinery and chemicals are the main sectors, followed by more traditional Italian industries. Bergamo's economic prosperity is highlighted by the average per capita income, which is 14% higher than the EU average. Unemployment is minimal.
The historic city of the same name bases its economy on different sectors and SMEs.
Bergamo produces 4% of Italian exports (12% of exports from Lombardy) and in the last few years the main export destinations were Europe (two-thirds), North America (close to 10%) and China.
A Bergamo hanno sede svariate università e centri di ricerca pubblici e privati, a cui è destinato oltre un quarto della spesa per ricerca e sviluppo in Italia. L’Università degli Studi di Bergamo offre 6 facoltà (Economia, Giurisprudenza, Ingegneria, Lingue e Letteratura, Scienze della Formazione, Scienze Umanistiche) e dalle sue aule escono laureati di talento che sono il futuro dello sviluppo economico e sociale dell’area.
Bergamo leads the way in research. It has two main technology parks: Point (part of Bergamo Sviluppo, an Agency of Bergamo Chamber of Commerce), a science park which supports companies in research and innovation projects, and the Kilometro Rosso Science and Technology Park, which aims to create a hub of knowledge and technology for the benefit of innovation-driven companies and scientific/R&D centres.
In Bergamo there are numerous public and private universities and research centres, accounting for more than a quarter of R&D spending in Italy. The Università degli Studi di Bergamo has 6 faculties (Economics, Law, Engineering, Foreign Languages and Literature, Education, Humanities) and is a conveyor belt of talented graduates who are the future of the area's economic and social development.
Bergamo is home to global companies and SMEs that supply all types of goods and services. Skilled labour is widely available, owing to the quality and diversity of the education system. Bergamo has the largest concentration of services to industry in Italy and is one of the most important financial centres in Europe.
Bergamo is a great place to live and to visit. The whole province has a lot to offer tourists: beautiful countryside, health spas, quality hotels and exquisite food and wine (Bergamo has a long tradition of excellent cuisine). A host of recreation and wellness possibilities also cater to all tastes.