The Spanish capital is one of the most populous in the European Union, a cosmopolitan city where people of over 180 nationalities live together. Expatriates feel at home as they easily make friends with Madrid’s amiable residents and adapt to the local culture, enjoying this open, inclusive city.

Madrid is Europe’s sunniest capital city. The blue sky and sunlight enhance the vibrant and joyful energy of the city, gifting it with a climate that makes it possible, at any time of day or night, to walk the streets. Life is definitely lived outside in Madrid, and it’s in its streets that art and history, shops and cultural performances, markets and traditional flavours come together.

It’s impossible to resist the charms of the city with the longest life expectancy in Europe. The city boasts one of Europe’s best healthcare systems. Its inhabitants don’t risk ruining their health by anxiously waiting on public transport, because Madrid’s modern transport network will take them anywhere quickly and easily. And visitors arrive in a short ride from the airport to the city centre.

As the Spanish capital, Madrid is home to embassies and international organisations, major companies and financial institutions. It ranks first in Spain for the creation of new companies and is one of Europe’s most attractive cities for businesses, investors and employment. An innovative and dynamic city, Madrid’s forward-looking entrepreneurial ecosystem is experiencing exponential growth and has positioned itself as one of the tech hubs with the greatest potential in Europe. The city is a favourite spot for entrepreneurs from around the globe seeking to launch a start-up.

The city boasts a wide range of educational centres and universities, including some of the world’s top business schools. Madrid is one of the cities that attracts the most university talent in Europe and Erasmus students rank it as their favourite city destination, citing its enviable geographical location, its excellent connectivity, its parks and green areas, its streets full of culture and history, and its lively nightlife – in short, a vibrant city full of life.

José Luis Martínez-Almeida Navasqüés Mayor
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  • Turning waste into wealth: Inside Madrid’s circular economy hub

    Madrid’s Centre for Innovation in the Circular Economy has been established as a tool to facilitate the green and digital transition. It offers training, business support and space for experimentation to help the whole city reduce waste and embrace new opportunities through the circular economy.

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  • Bridging borders and building futures in Madrid

    In the capital of Spain, four organisations offer young migrants training and professional opportunities and guide them through the hard process of having a future.

    7 minute read
  • From oblivion to local food production

    Many municipality-owned vacant lots lie among the residential buildings in the vulnerable neighbourhoods of Madrid's urban periphery. Through an agricultural production plan, the city council provides them with a new life by producing fruit and vegetables and commercialising them locally.

    5 minute read
  • Madrid focuses on integration and jobs for migrants and refugees

    Within the framework of CONNECTION, Madrid has been working to integrate the Municipal Information, Guidance and Support Offices and the Employment Agency to provide better services for migrants arriving at the city.

    5 minute read
  • Madrid’s best team

    In Madrid, migrants and locals volunteer together, fuelling integration while fortifying the city with a host of projects from working in animal shelters, to helping people with cognitive impairments, to giving guided tours on local history.

    5 minute read
  • Let’s get back to work

    Although unemployment has been high in Spain since the economic crisis, Madrid is stepping up with a raft of policy measures.

    4 minute read
  • Welcoming cities

    Cities are the main destination of migrants and refugees, yet cities are not adequately involved in shaping migration policy.

    5 minute read
  • The missing link

    Despite, one of the highest EU voter turnouts for years at the European elections last May, people’s connection with and understanding of how the EU actually works remains very low.

    5 minute read