Education is in our DNA
The Abbey District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its unique library, has witnessed a long-standing history of knowledge and learning. This legacy continues to this day, thanks to many leading educational institutions. The University of St.Gallen (HSG) is the most notable one, and has earned a worldwide reputation as one of the best business schools. On top of that, St.Gallen is also a renowned centre for education and research, housing many other practically oriented universities, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and the St.Gallen cantonal hospital. Fresh ideas and innovations are constantly being developed at two new education institutions: the «School of Medicine» (home to the Joint Medical Master) at the University of St.Gallen, for one, and its new «Institute of Computer Science», as part of the canton’s very own IT education campaign (ITBO). This local proximity of business and education yields a pool of highly skilled specialists at the benefit of local businesses.
Fresh new ideas for the future
The start-up innovation network “Startfeld”, as well as the ICT and health networks provide easy ac-cess to local partners and enable joint development. Business and research will be working closer to-gether at the national innovation park, thus strengthening medical and MEM (mechanical and electri-cal engineering) research and development. All operators forge ahead together to develop promising industries, and thus establish St.Gallen as the international metropolis of the Lake Constance region.
High quality of life between the Säntis and Lake Constance
St.Gallen’s high quality of life vastly differs from other cities: short walking distances between destina-tions, a compact centre, and a stunning natural environment in its vicinity, from the Säntis to Lake Constance. On top of it all: authentic, pragmatic and committed people, who can get quite passionate, when it comes to their local football club. If you really want to get to know St.Gallen and its people, roam the streets of the picturesque Old Town, bathe in its rich cultural life, dive into its culinary de-lights, and immerse yourself in its rich historical heritage. You can also experience a virtual tour of the city thanks to drone footage, on our website: www.east-site.stadt.sg.ch.
- Population: see the latest demographic statistics
- Ranking amongst the major cities in Switzerland (by population): 8
- Area: 39.4 km² (50% of which is natural space)
- Elevation (Bahnhofplatz): 669 m
- Highest elevation (in Birt): 1,074 m
- Lowest elevation (in Goldachtobel) 496 m
- GPS coordinates: 47°25’27’’ N, 9°22’15’’ E
- Average air temperature (2011): 9.4 °C
- Distance between St.Gallen and:
- Zurich: approx. 85 km (one-hour drive, motorised private transport)
- Munich: approx. 230 km (2h30)
- Milan: approx. 320 km (3h30) * Statistics