With a population of 80,000, St.Gallen, Switzerland’s eighth largest city, is the economic, political, social and cultural metropolis of Eastern Switzerland. Its 1,400 years of history blend with urban creativity, an innovative economy and an unspoilt landscape. The much-vaunted quality of life in Eastern Switzerland is the result of this mix.
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Einblick in die lebendige Gallusstadt
The city of short journeys and cultural diversity
St.Gallen has excellent transport links to Zurich, Milan, Munich and Stuttgart, thus offering the best conditions for living and working. Zurich is just an hour away by car, Milan and Munich 2½ hours, and Stuttgart just 3½ hours. Furthermore, St.Gallen is known as the city with the shortest journeys and the best work-life balance, and unique when it comes to its picturesque old town, its vibrant cultural scene and its historical heritage, thanks to its world-renowned Abbey Library.
Networking promotes development and innovation
The city of St.Gallen launches and promotes sustainable and appealing projects, creating a high-performance business landscape, e.g. the innovation network “Startfeld”, as well as the ICT and health clusters “IT Rocks!” or the health cluster “St.Gallen Health”, and joining specialists and companies from business, research and education. The emerging Innovationspark Ost will further promote networking, thus strengthening medical and MEM (mechanical and electrical engineering) research and development.
Long and influential tradition in education
St.Gallen has had a long tradition in education and still houses some of the finest higher education institutions, such as the University of St.Gallen (HSG) which has earned a worldwide reputation as one of the best business schools. On top of that, St.Gallen is also a renowned centre for education and research, housing many other practically oriented universities, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and the St.Gallen cantonal hospital. Fresh ideas and innovations are constantly being developed at the “School of Medicine” and the new “Institute of Computer Science”. This yields a pool of highly skilled specialists at the benefit of local businesses.