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Saarland probably has more “savoir-vivre” than any other federal state, which is not much wonder given that it has often been under French influence, in fact, after World War Two, Saarland was part of the French occupation zone. It became an autonomous region (the Saar Protectorate) in 1947 and has been part of the Federal Republic of Germany since 1957 following a referendum.
Amongst the German federal states, Saarland plays a pioneering role on the road to a united Europe. Together with its partners, Lorraine (France) and Luxembourg, it is today a model European region in which cultural exchange and crossborder cooperation have become a key component of everyday life. Saarland’s major economic sectors include mining, ceramics, steel and the automotive industry, as well as future-oriented sectors such as IT and biotechnology. Four state universities, non-university research institutes and good technology infrastructure are, even today, preparing the markets of the future.
The federal state has a diverse agricultural sector and boasts a laid back and relaxed atmosphere. There is a strong commitment to families and children, as well as to the protection of the environment, which is reflected in Saarland having the highest density of kindergartens and solar panels. The capital Saarbrücken offers a varied cultural programme and thus adds to the federal state’s draw, as does the picturesque landscape of the uplands with its many forests and industrial heritage sites.
With kind permission of the Bundesrat (January 2013)