Social Background

The people of Dresden are known for their affinity for technology, their inventiveness and their entrepreneurial spirit. They are correspondingly open to business ventures and scientific projects in their city.


In Dresden, innovation falls on fertile ground. The population has an open attitude to new ideas. One reason for this lies in Dresden's long tradition of inventors and entrepreneurs. Again and again they have revolutionized people's everyday lives and come ahead of their time.

Karl August Lingner, for example, brought his Odol mouthwash onto the market in 1893, when toiletry sales were still in their infancy. In 1907 the pharmacist Ottomar Heinsius von Mayenburg brought the world the toothpaste tube—until then, creams and pastes had often dried out in their pots and become unusable. Another example of Dresden inventiveness is Melitta Benz, whose coffee filter put an end to coffee grounds, once an unavoidable fact of life.

The people of Dresden's thirst for knowledge and discovery has not yet been quenched. For the last ten years, every time research institutions have opened their doors on the 'Sciences Open Night,' thousands of visitors have flocked into the city's labs, lecture theaters and workshops.


Roughly one quarter of the people of Dresden belong to a religious community; about sixteen percent are Lutheran and five percent Catholic.

  • Dresden branch of EVLKS, Association of Lutheran Church Communities
  • Dresden-Meißen diocese
  • Dresden Russian Orthodox Community
  • Other Christian denominations
  • Jewish community
  • Dresden Islamic Center


Another established aspect of this mentality is people's openness towards other cultures. People from all over the world live and work in the city; the many research institutes are particularly multinational. International education opportunities, from kindergartens to college, make integration smooth and fast.

Excellence is the city‘s motto

Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.