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From cosmopolitan Bonn and Dusseldorf to more industrial Essen and Dortmund, local communities have been enriched by waves of immigration in recent decades. Ethnic diversity has arisen through newcomers from the Mediterranean and Middle East, Eastern Europe and the EU, Asia, South America and Africa, each bringing their own flavours, cultures, beliefs and religions.

Many places in the Ruhr region boast a strong Turkish population whilst Düsseldorf is home to the largest Japanese community in mainland Europe. Considering the vast range of nationalities in the area, society here is generally safe and peaceful.

Holidays in Rhine Ruhr

Two variations of statutory holidays exist in Germany. Both religious and political, some of them are nationwide others only in certain federal states or rehgions. Political holidays such as labour day are fixed to a date, other days off like the Easter festivities follow the church calendar.

Welcome to Rhine Ruhr

A warm welcome and thanks for visiting the new Amazing Rhine Ruhr. Enjoy the experience of what is becoming the most comprehensive guide for expats in the region, one of the Amazing Capitals portfolio. This modern site offers a unique collection of information for foreign residents.

Establishing a Company in NRW

Entrepreneurs who wish to start a business in North Rhine-Westphalia are assisted to do just that. While there are generally no restrictions limiting the establishment of new companies, establishing a business in NRW requires following a sequence of several specific steps.


Pets in Düsseldorf

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Bringing a pet is relatively easy, however, dogs need to be registered when they accompany a family relocating to Düsseldorf. Owners may then take their pet virtually anywhere including out to dinner. Dogs need to be micro chipped, vaccined and licensed. A leash is a must under many if not most circumstances.


International School Ruhr

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The International School Ruhr in Essen offers an exciting new environment for educating international children from countries across the globe. For many expat and German executives, the availability of a school geared towards international requirements is essential when choosing a base to live and to work.