Province of Milan governs the largest metropolitan area in
Italy, and is situated in the middle of one of the most highly
populated regions of Europe. Almost four million people live
and work in the district administered by the Province, all
within an area of less then 2,000 square kilometres. This
number represents 6,5% of the population of Italy and 41,6%
of the population of Lombardy.
of Milan is the most important economic area in Italy: it
involves 45.12% of Lombard businesses and 8.06% of Italian
: 1.981 sq. Km
3.7 million inhabitants
Most of the population is concentrated in Milan city (1,300,977
inhabitants) and in the surrounding towns.
system: the province of Milan lies at the crossroad
of north/south and east/west European trade routes. The area
is provided with an integrated transport system consisting
of a rail network of 1,600 Km, a 40,000-Km road and highway
network and one of Europe's most important airport systems.
Domestic Product (GDP) of € 26,600 per person (10 %
of the National GDP)
are 323,000 enterprises, mainly SMEs: 69% in the services
sector, 29% in the industrial sector, and 2% in agriculture.
sector: Commerce, transport and financial brokerage
services, along with services to enterprises, show the highest
absolute revenue levels in Italy. There are about 216.000
companies operating in the tertiary sector, 77,500 of which
in the advanced tertiary, and 8,800 of which in financial
brokerage companies. The new economy sector registers also
a considerable development, with about 9,000 businesses active.
With a diversified industrial structure, the most
important sectors are: mechanical, metallurgical and electromechanical
industry, ICTs (Milan has the highest concentration of telecommunication
industries in Italy), textile/clothing and leather, fashion/design,
the province of Milan covers 26% of imports and 14% of exports
of the country (€ 67,000 million for imports and €
35,000 million for exports).
There are 1.628 million people employed, 25% of them are self-employed.
Unemployment rate is around 4.6% (national average, 9.5%).
system: The Milan area is the most highly qualified
scientific district in Italy, as about a quarter of national
scientific and technological research is performed here. At
the European level, Milan ranks the second place among all
main cities in terms of number of organizations promoting
innovation and industry-research relations. The potential
for innovation in Milan is based on a well-structured university
system and a high number of private and public research centres.
There 7 universities with a total of 180.000 students.