הגדלה (© DZT/Topel Kommunikation GmbH, Topel Dirk) In days gone by Brandenburg was the heart of Prussia; now it is a region fit for the future in a united Europe, with Berlin at its centre.
Typical landscapes in Brandenburg, part of the northern lowland plain, include pine forests, sandy soils, lakes and heathland. Major, well-known cities in this federal state include the state capital, Potsdam, as well as Frankfurt an der Oder, Brandenburg and Cottbus. Architectural monuments and cultural events draw tourists to this federal state. Trips to the numerous lakes and the Spreewald region are popular with visitors and locals alike.
On the one hand Brandenburg’s economy has traditionally been dominated by lignite mining and processing, steelworks and the chemical industry. On the other hand new industries have come to play an increasing role, for example the paper and printing industry, along with modern growth sectors, such as communication and environmental technologies.
הגדלה (© picture-alliance/ ZB) Cooperation with Poland is particularly important. Euroregions have been set up, with a view to establishing contacts in a whole host of different spheres and initiating joint projects. A business promotion company has also been launched.
With kind permission of the Bundesrat (September 2010)