German Politics: North Rhine-Westphalia

Right its time I went back to talking about German Politics. So heres the story here in NRW, where I currently live.

North Rhine-Westphalia (German: Nordrhein-Westfalen, usually shortened to NRW) is the westernmost and in terms of population and economic output the largest Federal State of Germany. North Rhine-Westphalia has over 18 million inhabitants, contributes about 22% of Germany’s gross domestic product and comprises a land area of 34,083 km² (13,158 square miles). North Rhine-Westphalia is situated in the Western part of Germany and shares borders with Belgium and the Netherlands. It has borders with the German states of Lower Saxony to the North and Northeast, Rhineland-Palatinate to the Southwest and Hesse to the Southeast.

The capital city is Düsseldorf. The largest city is Cologne (Köln). Other major cities are Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg, Oberhausen, Aachen, Bielefeld, Bonn, Bochum, Münster, Paderborn, Gelsenkirchen and Wuppertal.

Jürgen Rüttgers (CDU) is the current Ministerpräsident and has been since 2005. The seats in the state house are as follows:

* Social Democratic Party (SPD) 74 (-28)
* Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 89 (+1)
* Free Democratic Party (FDP) 12 (-12)
* Alliance ’90/The Greens 12 (-5)

Now I know the numbers + and – dont add up, that is because in 2005 they lowered the number of seats in the house to 187. The State government is a CDU/FDP coalition.

Thats all there is really about the politcis of NRW

Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for and UCC Express.

3 thoughts on “German Politics: North Rhine-Westphalia”

  1. True, of course you can. I was just wondering what had motivated you to write about something that is already readily available on Wikipedia…

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