The basis for the cooperation is a state treaty between the states of Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. The regional council is responsible for the political orientation. The steering committee steers the work of all actors involved and decides on the allocation of funding. Seven specialised working groups support the steering committee.
An annual regional conference provides impulses for regional cooperation on priority topics relevant to the region.
The office organises the cooperation of all stakeholders.


The aim of the cooperation is to sustainably improve the future opportunities of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and Northern Germany, to strengthen the regional economy and employment in global competition and to promote cohesion between rural and urban areas. The Hamburg Metropolitan Region aims to advance its economic, technological, spatial, social and cultural development as a common economic and living space. As a driving force for regional development, it formulates strategies and approaches to action, initiates and develops cooperation projects and implements them together with the stakeholders.


  • Area in sq km: 28,529 sq km
  • Population: 5.4 million (2021)
  • Population density: 190 p.e./ (2020)
  • GDP: € 234.419 billion € (2019)
  • Employed persons : 2.9 million (2021)
  • GDP / employed persons: 78,253 € (2020)
  • Unemployment rate: 6.5 % (2021)
  • Students at universities: 156,385 (WS 2020/21)


Office of Hamburg Metropolitan Region
Alter Steinweg 4
20459 Hamburg

+49 (0)40 42841 2609