Scotland's International Framework: US engagement strategy

This document outlines our strategic objectives for engagement with the US.

US and Scotland

Collaboration between the US and Scotland in:

  • Trade and Investment
  • Education
  • Public Diplomacy and Governmental Exchange
  • Diaspora Engagement
  • Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Statistics / Facts / Information

  • US is Scotland's biggest source of inward investment
  • Scottish Exports to the US were worth an estimated £4.6 billion in 2015
  • US accounts for 15.9% of total Scottish exports
  • Daily direct flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • 5 Scottish Development International offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, Houston and San Jose
  • At November 2016, 550 US owned enterprises operating in Scotland, employing 102,810 with turnover of £33.749 billion
  • 187 Globalscots
  • In 2015, 32,000 of Scotland's population born in North America
  • In 2015, 21,000 of Scotland's population with North American nationality
  • Scotland's second most important source of international students for higher education
  • 4,280 American students studying in Scotland in 2015/16
  • 257 Saltire Scholarships awarded to students between 2011 and 2016
  • Scotland's National Performing Companies tour productions to the US annually
  • In 2009, the Scottish Ten digitally recorded Mount Rushmore, South Dakota as the projects first international site.
  • Transatlantic Sessions feature annually in Celtic Connections
  • 409,000 visits to Scotland from US in 2015, with a total spend of £391 million over 3.88 million nights
  • Scale models of Andy Scott's 'The Kelpies' were exhibited at the prestigious Chicago Sculpture International and displayed at New York's Bryant Park
  • Scottish Government staff based in the Scottish Affairs Office, Washington
  • US Consulate based in Edinburgh


Email: Geoff Pope

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