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​​​​​Leipzig is one of six regional centres in the state of Saxony. More than one million people live in the conurbation formed by Leipzig and the neighbouring city of Halle (Saale). Leipzig, Halle and nine other cities in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia form the central German metropolitan region, which is crystallised around the two core cities of Leipzig and Dresden. The former looks back on a long tradition as one of Germany’s most important trade fair centres and manufacturing locations.

Following on from German reunification and the collapse of virtually its entire local industry, Leipzig has successfully positioned itself as one of the most important economic centres in eastern Germany. While major western German manufacturers such as Porsche and BMW set up large plants here after reunification, the city was also increasingly discovered by companies from the communication and IT sectors. The presence of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (the public service broadcaster for Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt) as well as of numerous publishing houses highlights Leipzig’s new profile as an important centre of the media sector. In addition, the entire region is a major centre of the energy sector and has also emerged as an important logistics centre in recent years. Leipzig is among the most interesting markets for c​​ommercial real estate investment in eastern Germany.​​​