Forst is located next to the polish border. The advantage of that location is, that the city has a lot of Polish citizens coming to Forst for shopping because many groceries are cheaper in Germany then in Poland. Many Germans drive through Forst on their way to the border as fuel and cigarettes are a lot cheaper in Poland. Forst is the focal point for the border traffic. Since 2007 it is easy to travel without any border controls.

The transport connections to Forst are excellent. It is directly connected to the highway A15. In 130 km distance from Berlin and 140 km away from Dresden the two main centers of East Germanys industry are not far away.

The average net income in Forst is better than in the rest of Germany. (63.193 Euro per year compared to 58.299 Euro as the German average.)