Tamil Nadu is the Southernmost state of India, surrounded by Andhra Pradesh from the North, Karnataka and Kerala from the West, Indian Ocean from the South and Bay of Bengal from the East.
Tamil Nadu is among the most industrialised states in the country. Tamil is the state language; English is also commonly used for communication and as a medium of education.
The state is manufacturing base for a number of large and medium scale industries from diverse sectors such as automobile and auto-components, textile, cement, engineering, pharmaceuticals, etc.
The state attracted cumulative FDI inflows of US$ 8 billion between April 2000 and January 2012 and is amongst the highest FDI attracting states. FDI inflows have helped achieve greater technological advancement.
At current prices, the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of Tamil Nadu was about US$ 132.4 billion in 2011-12.
The GSDP increased at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 15.3 per cent between 2004-05 to 2011-12.