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The story of latter day Germany is a curious one defined by history’s events. Over time, a patchwork of small and large states has come into being. Since 1990 there are a total of sixteen federal states. Some are cities, others vast geographical regions. Some are heavily populated, others not. Some possess strong economies, others are highly underfunded.

The country’s federal system spreads responsibility, success and support to many levels of political and administrative institutions.


The state parliament building (Landtag) in Dusseldorf represents the legislative powers of the federal state (Bundesland). Some 200 members elect the state Prime Minister and the parliament has its own president. Individuals may petition the state government.

State Sights

Great historical events have shaped NRW and many monuments preserve their memory. Besides the cathedral in Cologne, the Hermann Monument and the burial site of Charlemagne in Aachen, many castles, cathedrals and smaller monuments can be found across the state.

Consulates in NRW

The state of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) is an extremely powerful centre of commerce and trade. This, teamed with the fact that many nationalities have been attracted to the region, equates to a good reason for diplomatic ties to be formed by many countries.



© Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.

North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) is Germany's largest federal state by population and fourth by size. Green meadows and woodlands, hilly and mountainous regions, agriculture and dense urban zones as well as forty-four rivers such as the Rhine and Ruhr define the state.


State of NRW

© KoelnTourismus GmbH / Andreas Möltgen

NRW is home to some 18 Million people and scores not only with its strong economy; its cultural qualities are also convincing. Museums, exhibitions, theatres, operas, festivals, events, national parks and 200 lakes offer enjoyment indoors and out.


Higher Court

© Amazing Capitals / Greg

The Oberlandesgericht Dusseldorf (Higher State Court) is the superior court to the Landgerichte (Provincial Courts) of Dusseldorf, Duisburg, Wuppertal, Krefeld, Mönchengladbach and Kleve. Founded in 1906, it is the second largest higher regional court in the state.