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Rhineland-Palatinate, an economically strong and self-confident federal state, is right at the heart of Europe.
Its high export figures, rooted in the expansion of the manufacturing sector, schools, universities and infrastructure, make it a key centre for German foreign trade. The main economic sectors include tourism, industry, agriculture and forestry. With six winegrowing areas, Rhineland-Palatinate is Germany’s leading wine producer.
The extensive countryside and a cultural history spanning more than two millennia make Rhineland-Palatinate into an attractive place to live and holiday. 20 universities and universities of applied science, many research institutes, as well as numerous technology and business start-up centres make it a popular place. It is also home to some 500 castles and palaces, ancient Roman ruins in Trier and the Upper Middle Rhine World Heritage Site with the world-famous Lorelei Rock. The capital Mainz and the cities of Worms, Speyer and Koblenz are also of great historical and cultural significance. Rhineland-Palatinate is also famous for its over 400 museums and 50 festivals.
With kind permission of the Bundesrat (January 2013)