State

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© Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.
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© Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.

History has created the story of latter day Germany is a curious manner. Over time, a patchwork of small and large states has been created to reach a total of sixteen federal states since 1990. 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.

Geography

North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) is Germany's largest federal state by population and fourth by overall 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 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 historical places of interest can be found across the state.

Parliament

The unique state parliament building (Landtag) on the riverbank 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.

 

Higher Court

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The Oberlandesgericht in nearby 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.

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State of NRW

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North Rhine Westphalia, 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.

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Geography

© Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.

North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) is Germany's largest federal state by population and fourth by overall 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.

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