With over 4 million inhabitants, Saxony is the largest of the former East German regions. Meanwhile, the 'Free State of Saxony' is part of one of the most dynamic regions in Germany: the IT and automotive sector in particular have contributed to those dynamics. With Silicon Saxony – a micro-and nano-electronics cluster of 300 companies – & Bio-Saxony – a cluster of biotech and medical companies – there are various high-tech industries based in Saxony. There are also Flemish enterprises.
In cultural terms, Saxony also has a lot to offer. The small but exclusive festival in Moritzburg near Dresden also attracts top Flemish talent. The euro-scene theatre festival in Leipzig, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, has spent many years showcasing Flemish theatre and dance; Alain Platel is almost an in-house director there. Traditional Flemish authors also feel at home at the Leipzig Book Fair. A cultural high point in 2016 was the exhibition of Flemish landscape art from the 16th and 17th century in the Lipsius building in Dresden: “Paradise on Earth. Flemish Landscapes from Bruegel to Rubens". With 100 works, it is a small but wonderful and excellent exhibition that devoted considerable attention to landscape painting in Flanders. Among other things, it features works by the following masters: Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jan Breugel the Elder, Rubens, Joachim Patinir, Gillis van Coninxloo, and Roelant Savery. The work of Antwerp cartographer, Abraham Ortelius, was also displayed.
There are no figures for trade between Flanders and Saxony. These are included in the global figures for trade with Germany.