Friuli Venezia Giulia covers an area of approximately 7,858 Km2 and has a population of about 1,215,000 (2007) inhabitants. It is one of the five Italian special status regions (i.e. regions empowered with a particular territorial jurisdiction). With a GDP per capita almost reaching 28,000 euro ( 10.4% higher than the national average), a total workforce of approximately 541,000 units and an unemployment rate of 3.4% (Istat data, 2007), FVG is one of the most advanced regions in the European Union.
The industrial sector is characterized by a network of 100,000 small and medium-sized enterprises and several great international companies, which have become extremely competitive thanks to their highly qualified workforce and cutting-edge innovation system. The presence of well-established clusters and highly competitive companies in traditional manufacturing sectors goes hand in hand with rapidly increasing competences in sectors with a high rate of development, such as biotechnologies, nanotechnologies and ICT. These allow Friuli Venezia Giulia to rank fourth among Italian regions for innovation rate.
Companies choosing this region can benefit from a wide range of financing and incentives, provided at regional and national level and varying according to amount and type of investment.
Furthermore, the territory hosts 3 universities with 40,000 students and a good number of research institutions.
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