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General Overview of Piedmont

Key figures

  • 4, 5 million Inhabitants (7.4% of the total Italy’s population)
  • 2011: GDP of 126 billion euros
  • 2012: exports amounted to 39.7 billion euros (10.2% of all exports in Italy)
  • 2012: 4th largest receiver of direct investments in Italy (more than 600 companies involved)

Piedmont is proud of its network dedicated to cutting-edge R&D comprising 4 universities, more than 220 public and private research centres, 380 laboratories, 6 science and technology parks, 12 centres for innovation and business incubators. Furthermore, it is the top Italian region for private investment in R&D), for expenditure on innovation in the manufacturing sector and for high-tech patents. Among Italian regions, Piedmont is also the largest recipient of private investments for R&D (20% of the overall private investments nationwide). It is also the leading region in terms of expenditures for industry innovation and the number of patents registered related to high-technology.