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North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany)

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A state of W Germany: formed in 1946 by the amalgamation of the Prussian province of Westphalia with the N part of the Prussian Rhine province and later with the state of Lippe; part of West Germany until 1990: highly industrialized. Capital: Düsseldorf. Population: 17 893 000 (1996 est.). Area: 34 039 sq. km (13 142 sq. miles). German name: Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Summary Article: North Rhine-Westphalia from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide
Administrative region (German Land) in northwestern Germany, bordered to the north and northeast by Lower Saxony, to the east by Hesse, to the south by the Rhineland-Palatinate, and to the west by Belgium and the Netherlands; area 34,079 sq km/13,158 sq mi; population (2003 est) 17,986,700. A highly industrialized region, it contains the largest industrial concentration in Europe (Ruhr), with one of the largest mining and energy-producing areas in Europe. The capital is Düsseldorf, and other major towns include Cologne, Essen, Dortmund, Gelsekirchen, Münster, and Mönchengladbach. Physical The region includes the valley of the Rhine, Teutoburger Wald (forest), and the Ruhr industrial district (Ruhrgebiet). The region is drained by the Rhine, Ruhr, Wupper, Lippe, and Ems rivers. Economy North Rhine-Westphalia is the m...    Continue Reading

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