North Rhine-Westphalia

coat of arms North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia is a very diverse state, with vibrant business centres, bustling cities and peaceful natural landscapes. The state is home to one of the strongest industrial regions in the world and offers one of the most vibrant cultural landscapes in Europe. An open-minded look to the future – that’s what North Rhine-Westphalia is all about.

Capital

Düsseldorf

The three largest cities

Cologne (1,046,680 inhabitants)
Düsseldorf (604,527 inhabitants)
Dortmund (580,511 inhabitants)

Area

34,110.40 km²

Population

17,865,516 inhabitants

Average age

44.0 years

Birth rate

1.48 children per woman

Number of foreign nationals

1,922,614 people

The five largest countries of origin:

  • Turkey
  • Poland
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • The Netherlands
 

Important industries

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Metalwork, metal production and processing
  • Chemicals
  • Healthcare / logistics
  • Banks and insurances
  • Information and communications (new media)

Regional characteristics

  • Welcoming and international business location with a longstanding tradition in integrating foreign expatriates
  • Excellent jobs with international corporations and successful SMEs
  • Home to many “hidden champions” who are worldwide leaders in their field
 

Information on the state

NRW.de
Information portal about North Rhine-Westphalia (German, English, French, Dutch)
land.nrw/en

NRW invest
Facts and figures about North Rhine-Westphalia as a business location (e.g. German, English, Russian)
www.nrwinvest.com/en/home-nrwinvest/

Information for immigrants Integration in NRW
Advice for international professionals on issues such as work, education and funding (German)
www.integration.nrw.de

Recognition authorities and advisory centres
Points of initial contact for having your foreign professional qualifications recognised (German)
www.gib.nrw.de/themen/wege-der-arbeit/iq-netzwerk-nrw/erstberatung-anerkennung/kontakte-und-informationen

IHK Fachkräftemonitor NRW
Information on staff requirements by regions and industries (German)
www.ihk-fachkraefte-nrw.de

welcome.ruhr
Detailed information about living, studying and learning in the Ruhr region. (German, English)
www.welcome.ruhr/en/

Welcome Centers

Welcome Center Essen
Service centre for international professionals (German, English)
https://www.essen.de/rathaus/aemter/ ordner_33/buergeraemter/welcomecenter/welcomecenter_1.en.html