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Many jobs in Düsseldorf reflect the fact that the city has traditionally managed to attract a wide variety of firms. The economy is vibrant and local businesses are able to develop well.

The city’s function as capital of North Rhine Westphalia adds potential as does the vast marketplace provided by its eighteen million residents. NRW possesses the largest state population in Germany. High levels of exports also drive the regional economy.

A well educated workforce travels more extensively, becomes more proficient in many foreign languages and acquires qualifications that are internationally recognisable.

Düsseldorf is without doubt a popular expat destination. Opportunities can be found in many fields of business. Yet many companies that cite a lack of qualified personnel still often refuse to employ staff that are unable to communicate proficiently in German. The consequences of demographics continue to have a negative impact on the workforce and shortages will continue to increase.

Companies Located Locally

Large corporations and businesses in Düsseldorf and its surroundings include 3M, Air Liquide, Amazon, Asics, Bayer, Beko, BBDO, Bird & Bird, C&A, Ericsson, Esprit, Fiege, Flughafen Düsseldorf, Gerresheimer, Grey, Grohe, Haniel, Henkel, Johnson & Johnson, Knauf, Lanxess, L’Oréal, MAN, Messe Düsseldorf, Metro, Mitsubishi, Mitutoyo, Pierburg, RWE, Schenker, Siemens, Sitel, Smirfit Kappa, Sony, Tata, Telefonica, Toshiba, Trivago, Ubisoft, UPS, Uniper, Vodafone, Volunteer World, Xerox, Yakult. Many employ English speakers.

Several online job offer sites are available such as StepStone, Monster, Jobs in Düsseldorf, and the local employment agency, Agentur für Arbeit.

By Vincent Green, Feb 17 2024

Artist performing on carpet


Art venues and museums in Düsseldorf regularly present selections of their fine pieces in well arranged exhibitions. Regular exhibits also include fascinating or rare works from across the globe with loaned art and artefacts.


Original language movies are popular among expats in Düsseldorf. Films are frequently screened in English at a variety of cinemas in original with subtitles, known as OmU or Original mit Untertitel and without, portrayed as OV or Original Version. 

Beaches in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf may not be on the top of the list for seaside destinations. To the surprise of newly arrived expats, the Rhine does, however, offer numerous beaches on both banks with fine sand for walking, playing, relaxing and picnicking. On warm and sunny summer days especially, people flock to enjoy the river.