The Bavarians’ pronounced sense of belonging to their state is rooted in their history, which goes back more than a thousand years. Within Bavaria today there are three large groups, distinguished by linguistic differences, varying customs and attitudes to life: the Old Bavarians in the south and east of the state, the Franconians in the north and north-east, with the Bavarian Swabians in the south-west.
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These differences have given rise to a rich cultural life, both in the state capital, Munich, and across the entire state. Bavaria, formerly dominated by agriculture, continues to be the top holiday destination in Germany. However, modern economic structures are now also a key influence, as can be seen in the industrial agglomerations of Munich and its environs, as well as in the Nuremberg-Erlangen-Fürth region. Other significant contributions to the economy come from the well-developed network of medium-sized firms in a wide range of sectors, as well as future-oriented technologies (including aerospace). Bavaria is the largest federal state in the Federal Republic of Germany.
With kind permission of the Bundesrat (September 2010)