Germany’s most populous region

With around eighteen million citizens, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is by far Germany’s most populous region, with a population exceeding that of neighbouring country the Netherlands.

With a storied industrial history, built off the back of the coal and steel trade, The Ruhrgebiet in NRW has long been considered the industrial centre of Germany, and according to NRW Invest, a staggering 16.4% of ALL German exports are made in the region.

In addition to 14 of the country’s top companies being based throughout the region, it also has a proud educational history with 14 Universities in the NRW, two of them which (RWTH Aachen University and the University of Cologne) are part of Germany’s 11 ‘Elite’ Universities.

North Rhine Westphalia at a glance.

  • Germany’s 4th largest state

  • Home to 14 Universities

  • 16.4% of all German exports


Dusseldorf, the state capital, is also world renowned for its fashion industry and art scene, and interestingly NRW’s most-famous son, Beethoven, was born in Bonn.

Cultural Capital

With a long medieval history, up-to-the-minute culture and electrifying night-life what’s not to love about the diversity and opportunity offered up by NRW.

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