HanseBelt Region: An Overview

European Growth Axis in a Good Position

HanseBelt forms the bridge between northern Germany and Denmark/Sweden, between Hamburg and Copenhagen/Malmö. It sits in the middle of the logistically meaningful and EU-promoted “Scandinavian Mediterranean Corridor” and is part of both the metropolitan region of Hamburg and the transnational STRING partnership. The HanseBelt core region is made up of the Hanseatic Towns of Lübeck and Wismar as well as the districts Herzogtum Lauenburg, Ostholstein, Segeberg, Stormarn und Nordwestmecklenburg.


Around 1.3 million people live in the HanseBelt region. The total Fehmarnbelt axis from Hamburg to Copenhagen/Malmö has over seven million inhabitants.

Strong Branches, Strong Companies

A strong mid sector with many successful “Hidden Champions” worldwide characterises the economic success in the HanseBelt. Important future branches such as medicine technology, nutrition and health economy, logistics and tourism are the drivers and impetus. Even the Prognos Zukunftsatlas 2016 [ranking system for Germany’s regions] attested to the HanseBelt region’s high growth dynamic, which provides for many attractive workplaces. Founder-friendly colleges and ideal economic conditions facilitate a successful beginning for start-ups.

The Best Offer of Education

In the HanseBelt, prizewinning schools and top-rated colleges offer the best chances for education and innovation. Lübeck University stands for excellent teaching and research in medicine and health, IT and mathematics, life sciences, psychology and technology. Lübeck University of Applied Sciences offers a wide range of technical and scientific fields as well as a large choice of online degree courses. Together, both education institutions promote start-ups from college. Advice sessions on founding companies take place in both founder pavilions (GründerCube) at the intersection between university, technical college and MFC (multi-function centre) and support the companies of tomorrow with all their relevant questions.

Optimal Transport Connections

There are close cooperations with the adjoining Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg to the south and in the direction of Seeland, Copenhagen and South Sweden to the north

Core public transportation network

The HanseBelt is a strong transport hub, with autobahns A1, A7 and A20, the ICE Magistrale Copenhagen-Lübeck-Hamburg, the ports in Lübeck and Wismar, Lübeck regional airport and the fast accessibility between Hamburg port and Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel airport. As an important part of the trans-European core transport network, the Hamburg axis to Copenhagen and Malmö through Fehmarnbelt will also be especially supported by the European Union in the future. The permanent Fehmarnbelt crossing, currently being executed, will give the Hamburg-Lübeck-Copenhagen growth axis further important impulses.


HanseBelt is a member of the pro Metropolregion Hamburg initiative. The Chambers of Industry and Commerce in Lübeck, Hamburg and Schwerin, as well as the German-Danish Chamber of Commerce in Copenhagen are members of the HanseBelt initiative. In addition, there are close partnerships between the economic regions in Zeeland, Copenhagen and southern Sweden, among others.