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Malaga is the sixth largest city in Spain in number of inhabitants and it has one of the highest population growth rates in Spain. Malaga is the economic and technological capital of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia and it is a unique place where aspects such as climatological quality or a  wide variety of leisure and culture converge to créate synergies. In the 2016 Eurobarometer survey carried out by the European Commission, Malaga ranked among the top ten European cities in terms of quality of life.

From the data of the National Statistics Institute,Malaga was the third province with the greatest economic advance in Spain during 2000-2013, with a 75 % GDP increase. In 2016, Malaga experienced a  3% growth in GDP.

The capital of the Costa del Sol has a geostrategic location, being one of the most important communications and transport centers in Spain. The Malaga International Airport ranks third in volume of flights and passengers nationwide and is among the 20 most important in Europe. More than 50% of the passengers who visit  Andalusia by plane embarked or disembarked in Malaga; therefore, it is the main destination for all air traffic in Andalusia, and a major one at  the national level. Fifty airline companies connect the capital of the Costa del Sol with direct flight to  more than 140 destinations throughout Europe, Africa and America.

For its part, the Malaga seaport  is the second-largest cruise ship port in Spain, able to berth the largest cruise ships in the world. In 2016, more than 450,000 passengers arrived to Malaga by sea. The Malaga Port  completes its economic activity with the transport of merchandise, since it is a Gateway to the Mediterranean, a nexus of union with Africa and a via to Latin America, making it a strategic node for maritime communications.

Malaga’s logistic and transport infrastructures are comprised of an extensive network of integrated highways and a high-class railway infrastructure with the High Speed Train (AVE), which links Malaga with the main Spanish cities (Madrid, Barcelona and Saragossa). Since the AVE arrived in 2007, some 16 million passengers have passed through the Malaga train station.

The city of Malaga is committed to using information and communications technology (ICT) in specialized areas to promote competitiveness in traditional sectors. One of the main competitive advantages that the city has is an extensive and highly qualified workforce. The University of Malaga has numerous degrees and master's degrees related to ICT.

The Andalusian Technological Park (PTA) represents one of the main engines of economic development in Malaga. Currently, it is home to more than 635 companies in the fields of telecommunications, electronics, software development, advanced services and the environment. ICTs and Technological R & D Centers employ 60% of PTA workers. For its part, Andalucia Tech is a joint effort by the University of Seville and the University of Malaga to create a talent and knowledge base ecosystem to invest in innovation and, therefore, in improvements in the society of the future.

The PTA has for more than a quarter of a century been a magnet for companies and talented people. A total of 17,776 people work in the PTA as of 2016. This represents an annual increase of 5.97%. On the other hand, the number of employees dedicated to R & D & I grew by 1,530 people. The combined turnover of PTA companies in 2016 was 1.758 billion euros. The Information Technologies sector(Electronics, Information, Computing and Telecommunications) is the largest with 34% of the total turnover, 61% of total employment, and 53% of total billing.

Malaga’s development strategy as Smart City also makes it a unique location for multinational companies. For example, Google, , Alstom, Bombardier, Computer Science Corporation (CSC), Coritel / Accenture, Ericsson, Huawei, Siemens, Oracle, TDK-EPC, Fujitsu and Thales are already here. The latest  ones to arrive have been CGI, Indra, Mades, Dekra and Keysight Technologies.