State

A powerful federal entity

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Latter day Germany is a curious country shaped enormously over recent decades. 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 is spread amongst many levels of the country’s political and administrative institutions with weaker states receiving from those with stronger finances.

Parliament

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

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.

Geography

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.

 

Geography

© Peter Friese

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.

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North Rhine Westphalia

© Andreas Müller/Tourismus NRW e.V.

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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Trade Fair Messe Essen

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Modern, international and important. That’s what Messe Essen means to our guest organisers, exhibitors, visitors and our own team. It is the meeting place for those people with the most comprehensive sector expertise to share and exhibit their cutting-edge ideas and new products.

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