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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.




34,112.45 km²


17,912,134 inhabitants

Important industries

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

Information on the state
Information portal about North Rhine-Westphalia (German, English, French, Dutch, Turkish)

NRW invest
Facts and figures about North Rhine-Westphalia as a business location (i.a. German, English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Turkish)

Welcome Services for immigrants  

Integration in NRW
Advice for international professionals on issues such as work, education and funding (German) 

Recognition authorities and advisory centres
Points of initial contact for having your foreign professional qualifications recognised (German)
Webapp - IQ recognition consulting in NRW (German, English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish)
Recognition in Germany Portal (German)
Advisory service of further training (German)

IHK Fachkräftemonitor NRW
Information on staff requirements by regions and industries (German)
Detailed information about living, studying and learning in the Ruhr region (German, English)

Welcome- und Servicecenter Essen
Service centre for international professionals (German, English)

Expact Service Desk / Düsseldorf - Mettmann
The central contact point for international professionals (German, English)


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