1. A strategic position in Europe and in the Mediterranean Sea
Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy is the main crossroads linking southern Europe to the rest of the continent. The strategic position makes the country a perfect meeting point both for land, sea and air routes, representing three key markets with over 800 million consumers.
2. The great strength of the Italian economy: Small and Medium Enterprises With over 5 million companies the Italian production network is based on a strong entrepreneurial culture, creating high quality products in various economic sectors and able to compete in international markets.
3. An extensive infrastructure network Companies deciding to invest in Italy can rely on an extensive infrastructure network:
Around 6,500 km of motorways and 21.500 km of national roads;
The fifth longest rail network in the EU27 with 16,703 km of working lines and 24,216 km of tracks;
One of the most developed freight village systems in Europe. 7 Italian freight centres are classified in the Top 20 of European logistics infrastructures, with Verona ranking first;
The second most important country in Europe for maritime freight transport: 24 main commercial ports, with 3 International Hubs, spread out along 7,400 km of coastline and a total traffic of container around 10 million TEUs in 2011;
2 ports are classified in the Top 20 of European container ports: Gioia Tauro and Genoa
First EU country in maritime transport of passengers in 2009 with 92 million passengers.
Source: Assoporti, RFI, UIR, Anas, Port of Rotterdam
4.Countless opportunities for expanding companies Italy is the 4th largest economy in EU (FMI) with a potential market of almost 60 million consumers of innovative services (more than 30 million internet users) and products. The Italian market offers countless opportunities to expand businesses in strategic sectors such as logistics, tourism, renewable energies, green-tech and bio-tech projects.
5.Facilities and support for foreign companies Invitalia comprises a single and reliable national reference point for foreign investors eager to expand or to set up a new business in Italy. It provids a range of free services for all stages of the investment process, such as updated information on the business environment, investment opportunities in specific sectors and business advisory services throughout the implementation process.
6.Innovative value system
Innovation in Italy is driven by an extensive network of high-quality universities public and private institutions (almost 100)
A modern network of over 40 modern science and technological parks ensures that research is widely integrated into industrial processes.
The parks network is a key to the innovation development:
600 Hi Tech companies settled
Over 200 R&D Center (public and private)
16.000 employees with a high level of technological expertise
Italy ranks 6th for granted patents and 4th for registered trademarks among G12 countries. The number patents issued is one of the most important indicators for measuring a Country's innovative output.
Source: RIIR, EPO
7. High qualified human resources Italy ranks 2nd in Europe in terms of manufacturing companies with a skilled workforce praised at international level, contributing to the high quality of Made-in-Italy products. The highly qualified human resources in the field of research, supported by the tradition and the high quality of the University system and several research centers, makes Italy one of the cutting-edge country in the R&D sector. Companies investing in Italy can rely on an average of 270,000 graduates per year.
Source: Ministry of Education, University and Research
8. Quality of life and lifestyle
…..Italy is a modern and cosmopolitan country with 3,8 million inhabitants with an excellent standard of living. Superior health and education provision, endless opportunities in beautiful landscape, and a vibrant cultural country are just some of the reasons why more than 4 million foreigners (7,0% of total residents –Source: Istat) have decided to live in Italy. Italy is recognized for its international brand in strategic sectors such as fashion, automotive and marine engineering, design, mechanics. The Italian style, innovation, creativity and love for the tradition are all key factors for the success of the “Made-in-Italy” brand in the competitive world market. Moreover, Italy has the largest number of World Heritage (UNESCO) sites in Europe, with 47 locations listed as places of outstanding cultural and historical significance.