The competitiveness of the whole Metropolregion is strengthened through an intensive urban-rural-cooperation. A starting point for a content orientation on the urban-rural-cooperation is created by the IKM strategy paper “Initiativkreis Europäische Metropolregionen in Deutschland (IKM)”. Taking that into account, a metropolitan region consists of an area with at least one internationally important city which is strongly interlinked with its surrounding regions. Next to the important centres also further settlement and rural areas are part of the Metropolregion. With regards to this, the name-giving cities function as central hubs for topics like commuter flow, economy, cooperation and knowledge networking. A central task of metropolitan areas is the networking of potentials of cities and rural areas. The networking intensifies the intra-regional links and therefore creates strong urban-rural-partnerships. Specific strengths are put into focus and existing weaknesses can be compensated in order to increase the performance of competitiveness of the Metropolregion as a whole.

In the chart, the cores of the Metropolregion with its name-giving cities are displayed. Furthermore, the Metropolregion consists of 15 administrative districts, the Region Hannover and the independent town Salzgitter. Additionally, the complete surrounding area of the name-giving cities is shown and summarised as a separate geographic level under the designation “Umland (gesamt)”. A comparison between the surrounding area and the cores of the Metropolregion Hannover Braunschweig, Göttingen Wolfsburg becomes possible. In the name-giving centres Hannover, Braunschweig, Göttingen and Wolfsburg live around 985.000 people in total. The direct surrounding area consists of all districts and independent towns that have a common border with the centres Hannover, Braunschweig, Göttingen and Wolfsburg. It comprises of the Region Hannover (without city), the districts Gifhorn, Göttingen (without city), Helmstedt, Peine, Wolfenbüttel and the independent town Salzgitter. In the direct surrounding area live around 1.340.000 people. All districts that are located further from the centers of the Metropolregion are summarised as further surrounding area. The further surrounding area includes the districts Celle, Goslar, Hameln Pyrmont, Heidekreis, Hildesheim, Holzminden, Nienburg, Northeim, Osterode am Harz and Schaumburg. In this further surrounding area live around 1.450.000 people. It becomes clear that around 3.8 million inhabitants of the Metropolregion are living in the surrounding area of the name-giving cities.

  • Networking of the sub-regions of the Metropolregion
  • Creation of a common identity within the Metropolregion
  • Strengthening of the rural area
Specialist principles/studies:
  • Strategy paper – “Initiativkreis Europäische Metropolregionen in Deutschland” (IKM, 2012)

Gebiete in der Metropolregion Einwohner/innen (Anzahl)

Namensgebende Städte: Hannover, Braunschweig, Göttingen, Wolfsburg (gesamt)
984.780 Einwohner/innen

direktes Umland der namensgebenden Städte
1.340.828 Einwohner/innen

weiteres Umland

Umland (gesamt)

Metropolregion (gesamt)