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North Rhine-Westphalia Overview:
North Rhine-Westphalia is a state in Germany located in the Western part of the country. The state is the most populated German state and is ranked as 4th in terms of area covered.
The state was created after the World War 2 ended, and Dusseldorf serves as the capital while Cologne is the largest city of the state.
The history of the region “Rhine” dates back to thousands of years. First written the history of the region is from the archives of “Julius Caesar” who occupied the region. As the time passes various empires including the Roman Empire, Franks, Saxons, etc. ruled the region.
By the middle-ages, the region was ruled by the “Holy Roman Empire” and was turning point of the religious demographics of the region. After the World War 2 ended, Germany was divided by the victorious Allied forces and the region of North Rhine-Westphalia came under the British occupation.
The state’s geography commonly features plains and few hills. Other distinguishing features include fertile lands, rivers, and forests.
The state shares domestic borders with the other German states of Hesse towards the Southeast, Lower Saxony towards the North and Northeast, and Rhineland-Palatinate towards the South.
The region’s economy faced major setbacks during the World War 2 but got swiftly recovered after some years which was considered not less than a miracle. There are various economic sectors today including automobile manufacturing, Large industries, services, and engineering.
As described earlier, the state is the most populated German state and is home to most of the largest German cities. Roman Catholicism, EKD Protestantism, and Islam are the largest religion of the state accounting for 42%, 28%, and 8% respectively.
The large presence of Islam can be described by the huge immigration from the Muslim countries especially, from Turkey shortly after the Second World War
- North Rhine-Westphalia State Capital City: Düsseldorf
- Area 34,098 km²
- Population 17.84 million (2012 est)
- Language Westphalian, German
- Main Cropsmeat products, baked goods, confectionery, milk, and dairy products, fruit, vegetables and beer
- Popular Rivers Rhine, Ruhr, Lippe, Weser, Ems, Sieg, Wupper, Erft, Mohne
- Spiritual Places Kamakshi Ambal Temple, Sri Valli Devasena Sametha Sive Subramani Temple, Hindu Temple, Hindu Tamil Cultural Center Dortmund e.V., Vinayagar Temple, Sri Jeyaveera Anjaneyar Temple, Manawa Bharti Temple, Sri Sithivinayagar Kovil, Erbis Church Cologne, Basilika St. Lambertus, Salvator Kirche, Evangelical Church of Westphalia
- Important Cities Cologne, Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Essen, Bonn, Aachen, Munster, Bochum, Wuppertal, Bielefeld, Solingen, Gelsenkirchen, Krefeld, Bottrop, Mulheim, Paderborn, Leverkusen
- Border Provinces/Territories Lower Saxony, Hessen, and Rhineland-Palatinate
- Tourist Attractions Cologne Cathedral, Ruhr, Phantasialand, Eifel National Park, Drachenfels, Hohenzollern Bridge, Altstadt, Aachen Cathedral, Museum Ludwig, Konigsallee, Teutoburg Forest, Schloss Drachenburg, Siebengebirge, Cologne Zoological Garden, Schloss Benrath, Beethoven House, Koln Triangle, Externsteine, Fragrance Museum, Kolumba, Burg Castle, Rheinpark, Cologne City Hall, Bonn Minster
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