With its central location at the heart of Western Europe and its excellent transport links, the city of Cologne and its surrounding area provide ideal conditions for foreign nationals to work on a self-employed basis or for companies from abroad to set up dependent and independent branches.


In the following we would like to provide some useful information compiled by "Germany Trade and Invest“ and by the "Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology“.


The website of "Germany Trade and Invest“ (GTAI) provides a wide range of information:

·       Coming to Germany

·       Establishing a Company

·       Financing Investment Projects in Germany

·       Incentive Programs

·       The Tax System

·       Employees and Social Security

·       The Legal Framework

·       Living in Germany


Furthermore, you can choose between seven languages, which should alleviate your first contact with Germany.


The "Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology“ also provides valuable information on their homepage, for example about Market Entry, Staying in Germany, Working in Germany and a lot more.

Furthermore, the "Guide to successfully founding a company in Germany" combines concise information with a special focus on Cologne in English, Turkish and Chinese language.

The Cologne Business Guide contains all relevant facts and figures about the topic „Business in Cologne“.

For further enquiries or to set up an appointment for a personal consultation, please contact our International Department:

Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Christoph Hanke
Phone: +49 221 1640-552
Fax +49 221 1640-569
E-Mail: christoph.hanke






You can reach us directly:
Monday to Thursday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday - 8:00am - 4:00pm
under the phone number +49 221 1640-0

Contact address

Service-Center Cologne
Tel. +49 221 1640-130
Fax +49 221 1640-139
E-Mail: service@koeln.ihk.de
Unter Sachsenhausen 10 - 26
D 50667 Köln
Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry
CCI Organizations:  IHK-Initiative Rheinland  IHK-Vereinigung NRW  AHK  DIHK