The Highlands and Islands is a spectacular and diverse region. Our area teams work closely with local partners, communities, businesses and social enterprises to plan ahead and exploit growth and investment opportunities throughout the region.

Find out more about our region

There has been a lot of talk and excitement in the build up to 2014 and now this unique year of major events has arrived. In 2014 Scotland Welcomes the World to join in the Year of Homecoming, the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.


More about Scotland Welcomes the World 2014


The Highlands and Islands covers some 15000 square miles - more than half of Scotland. Of the 448,000 people who live here, half are under 44. The region is also home to more than 8,000 voluntary and community groups, and over 21,000 businesses.

Find out more about living and working in Scotland

HIE gathers and interprets a broad range of economic information about the area. This is used by HIE and partners for strategic planning. A selection of the latest information is available for download.

View our economic reports and research

STEM North of Scotland is an initiative developed by HIE to increase the number of young people with  qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Visit our STEM North of Scotland website to find out more.

Visit the STEM website

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