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The Ruhr area is one of the most varied regions and economic centers in Germany. Around 5.25 million people live here in this cosmopolitan and urbane European hub. The international character of the metropolis is characterized by close to 560,000 foreign citizens from nearly 200 nations (2008).
Large international companies, along with small and medium enterprises, find ideal opportunities for expansion here and benefit from the proximity of the European market. The short distances to European neighbors, such as France, Belgium and the Netherlands, contribute to economic variety and cultural richness in the region. The Ruhr area is not just an attractive industrial center, which has made North Rhine-Westphalia the leading state economically in Germany. The region also offers a high quality of life standard for work and relaxation in contrast to the stereotyped image often portrayed.
Nature and technology, old and new, proven and experimental – the charm of the Ruhr area lies in its interesting and attractive contrasts. Vibrant city structures blend into idyllic natural countryside as you travel north to Münsterland.
Cultural and sports facilities, leisure parks, shopping centers such as the CentrO in Oberhausen, as well as a colorful bar and restaurant scene invite you in.
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