The State Capital Düsseldorf and the County of Mettmann form a very international and cosmopolitan region, characterised by people from more than 150 countries. Here you can find a living environment and working conditions long used to dealing with the needs of international professionals and their families. International investments and the constant influx of international professionals have led to the development of many international communities and structures.
The international infrastructure in the region is unique and is crucial for a successful work stay and a high quality of life. A large number of networks in the international community can help you to settle into the region.
To help you become established in the region and get to know other people, it is helpful to join a club or society. Work in societies is mainly carried out on an honorary or voluntary basis. There are many different societies and some offer a country focus and a variety of information and activities.
The international networks, activities and communities in the region include 16 Consulate Generals and Consulates in Düsseldorf and many foreign chambers of trade and commerce. There are many business-related networks, clubs and associations, often with a specific country focus. Here you can network to your heart's content, depending on your interests, industry or origin. A number of interesting expat-online communities have emerged recently that carry out informal evening and network events on a transnational basis. These are attended by expats from all over the world; English is mainly spoken at such events.
It is certainly worthwhile getting involved and doing some networking – regardless of whether you want to network for professional or private reasons.
We have compiled a small selection of international institutions for you below – although we must mention that there are many more. Please call us. We will find a club, association and contact to match your interests.
Amitié des Françaises
Society for French-speaking people in Düsseldorf, which organises cultural activities and recreational events for its members. It offers networks and contacts in the French community for new arrivals.
Asian Social Business Community (ASBC) e. V.
Communication platform for Asians and those interested in Asia promoting mutual understanding and the integration of citizens of Asian origin in Germany and serving as a private and cultural exchange forum for Asians and those interested in Asia. The community also supports the initiation and development of business contacts.
British Business Club Düsseldorf e. V.
Club for British and international members hosting monthly business and social events in the region. Activities such as a Dining Club, a Business Network Club, cricket and much more are offered.
Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft Düsseldorf
The German-British Society promotes German-British dialogue on cultural, political, social and business issues. The society organises conferences with decision makers from both countries and hosts presentations with British guest speakers.
Deutsch-Russischer Wirtschaftsclub e. V. (DRW) | German
Business club encouraging encounters and exchanges between German and Russian managers. The club normally organises a club evening on every second Thursday in the month.
Die Brücke – Internationales Bildungszentrum e. V. | German
A hub and platform of the Adult Education Centre (VHS) Düsseldorf for intercultural dialogue. 30 foreign companies and societies cooperate under one roof. Every semester programme offers numerous events looking at different countries, peoples and cultures.
Düsseldorf-aktiv.net | German
Society aimed at people who have just moved to Düsseldorf. The initiative links non-profit associations and organisations and publishes honorary positions on the online platform. The society offers initial orienteering activities for new arrivals.
EKO-Haus der Japanischen Kultur e. V.
Japanese cultural centre including a Buddhist temple, a Japanese garden, a house in traditional architectural style with a tearoom and lecture rooms. There is also an international kindergarten in the cultural centre and a public library. Religious and cultural festivals are celebrated in the EKO Haus.
Launched in autumn of 2017, the Expat-preneurs is a networking platform for English-speaking expat- (and local) entrepreneurs in Düsseldorf and nearby area. The core of the platform is organization of monthly networking events that gather like-minded people within entrepreneurship scene. The events provide an opportunity to receive advice from speakers from different besiness-areas, as well as to be inspired by speeches of entrepreneurs themselves.
Gesellschaft für Deutsch-Chinesische Freundschaft (GDCF) Düsseldorf e. V. (Society for German-Chinese Friendship) | German
The events and regular meetings organised by the GDCF are aimed at promoting intercultural relations between Chinese and Germans living in and around Düsseldorf and supporting friendly exchanges.
Verbund Netzwerk Düsseldorfer Migrantenorganisationen (NDMO) e.V. | German
Umbrella organisation of interculturally active organisations in Düsseldorf. It promotes and supports the exchange and collaboration of migrant organisations in Düsseldorf.
Advantage Austria – Austrian Business International (Büro Düsseldorf)
ATIAD e.V. - Verband Türkischer Unternehmer und Industrieller in Europa | Turkish
British Chamber of Commerce NRW Region
Business France Düsseldorf
China Competence Center Düsseldorf
Chinese Enterprises Association in NRW e.V. (CEA) | German
DJW – Deutsch-Japanischer Wirtschaftskreis (DJW) e.V. | German
Deutsch-Chinesische Wirtschaftsvereinigung e.V. (DCW)
Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro) | German
Japanische Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Düsseldorf e.V. | German
Taiwan Trade Center Düsseldorf
Tschechisches Zentrum Düsseldorf | German
US Department of Commerce Düsseldorf
You can find an overview of all consulates in NRW at:
Konsularische Vertretungen mit Sitz in Nordrhein-Westfalen
General Consulate of People's Republic of China
Schanzenstraße 131, 40549 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0) 211 - 90996331
General Consulate of the French Republic
Martin Luther Platz 26 - 40212 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 8285460
General Consulate of Greece
Willi-Becker-Allee 11, 40227 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 6878500
General Consulate of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Oststraße 86, 40210 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 9448-0
General Consulate of Japan
Breite Str. 27, 40213 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 164820
Consulate of Canada
Benrather Straße 8, 40213 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 172170
General Consulate of the Republic of Croatia
Carlsplatz 14-15, 40213 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 3368062
General Consulate of the Kingdom of Morocco
Cecilienallee 14, 40474 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 6504510
General Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Sky Office, Kennedydamm 24, 40476 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 1793010
General Consulate of the Portuguese Republic
Friedrichstraße 20, 40217 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 138780
General Consulate of the Republic of Serbia
Klosterstraße 79, 40211 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 2395500
General Consulate of the Kingdom of Spain
Homberger Straße 16, 40474 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 439080
Consulate of the Czech Republic
Martin-Luther-Platz 28, 40212 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 56694239
General Consulate of the Republic of Turkey
Willstätterstraße 9, 40549 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 454780
General Consulate of the Ukraine
Immermannstraße 50, 40210 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 93654211
General Consulate of the Republic of Hungary
Adersstraße 12–14, 40215 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0)211 - 3021690
General Consulate of the United States of America
Immermannstraße 50, 40210 Düsseldorf