State of NRW

A powerful federal entity

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© Peter Friese

Latter day Germany is a curious country, 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 federal system spreads responsibility, success and support to many levels of the country’s political and administrative institutions.

Nearly 18 million people live in the state of North Rhine Westphalia, which is almost a quater of the coutry’s population.


State-owned economic development agency NRW.INVEST conducts international marketing for Germany's premier investment location, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Today there are already over 14,300 foreign firms based in Germany's economically most important federal state.

Locate in NRW

North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) is a fine place to locate and invest. The state lies at the center of Europe and borders on the Netherlands and Belgium. NRW has 29 cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants from a wide variety of origins and cultures who get along well together.

State Sights

© Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.

Numerous very important 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.



© 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.