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

We gathers and interpret 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.

Find out more about Economic reports and research


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

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