18 Facts About North Rhine-Westphalia


North Rhine-Westphalia, commonly shortened to NRW, is a state in Western Germany.

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North Rhine-Westphalia was established in 1946 after World War II from the Prussian provinces of Westphalia and the northern part of Rhine Province, and the Free State of Lippe by the British military administration in Allied-occupied Germany and became a state of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949.

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Culturally, North Rhine-Westphalia is not a uniform area; there are significant differences, especially in traditional customs, between the Rhineland region on the one hand and the regions of Westphalia and Lippe on the other.

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State of North Rhine-Westphalia was established by the British military administration's "Operation Marriage" on 23 August 1946, by merging the province of Westphalia and the northern parts of the Rhine Province, both being political divisions of the former state of Prussia within the German Reich.

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Flag of North Rhine-Westphalia is green-white-red with the combined coats of arms of the Rhineland, Westfalen and Lippe .

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North Rhine-Westphalia encompasses the plains of the Lower Rhine region and parts of the Central Uplands up to the gorge of Porta Westfalica.

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Planimetrically determined centre of North Rhine-Westphalia is located in the south of Dortmund-Aplerbeck in the Aplerbecker Mark .

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The Rhine is by far the most important river in North Rhine-Westphalia: it enters the state as Middle Rhine near Bad Honnef, where still being part of the Mittelrhein wine region.

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Many, North Rhine-Westphalia is synonymous with industrial areas and urban agglomerations.

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In total, North Rhine-Westphalia has 396 municipalities, including the urban districts, which are municipalities by themselves.

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In 2016, the interior ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia reported that the number of mosques with a Salafist influence had risen from 3 to 9, which indicated both an actual increase and improved reporting.

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Politics of North Rhine-Westphalia takes place within a framework of a federal parliamentary representative democratic republic.

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From 1966 to 2005, North Rhine-Westphalia was continuously governed by the Social Democrats or SPD-led governments.

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North Rhine-Westphalia uses the same electoral system as the Federal level in Germany: "Personalized proportional representation".

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North Rhine-Westphalia has always been Germany's powerhouse with the largest economy among the German states by GDP figures.

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North Rhine-Westphalia has the densest network of Autobahns in Germany and similar Schnellstraßen .

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North Rhine-Westphalia has been a very successful footballing state having a combined total of 25 championships, fewer only than Bavaria.

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North Rhine-Westphalia is home to DEL teams Dusseldorfer EG, Kolner Haie, Krefeld Pinguine, and Iserlohn Roosters.

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