Whilst Bonn’s origins reach back to the Roman era, it gained its worldwide recognition in more recent times. Bonn served as the capital of West Germany for some 40 years until Berlin was pronounced new capital of a reunited Germany in 1990. Although one consequence of this decision resulted in the relocation of the seat of Government and Parliament to Berlin, a surprising number of ministries still maintain their offices in Bonn.
Meanwhile, the list of foreign representations located here reads like a who’s who of Non Governmental Organisations. Several of the United Nations organisations call Bonn their home, as do WHO and some 150 other NGOs. Numerous national representations include the highly respected Technisches Hilfswerk or THW that recruits some 90.000 volunteers for its worldwide relief and support projects.
Bonn’s history of stable and predictable policy making, conservative, humane politics as well as business friendly administration, represent a long tradition of excellent support for those wishing to relocate. Continuity within a calm and, some say, intimate environment.
Business champions with their headquarters situated here encompass such household names as Deutsche Post, owners of the leading global logistics firm DHL and Deutsche Telekom, the internationally active and national big player in telecommunications. Business investment in general is high with a large cross-section of both national and international corporations located within the city.