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Bremer Stadtmusikanten הגדלה (© dpa-picture alliance) The "Free Hanseatic City of Bremen", encompassing Bremen and Bremerhaven, has been shaped by seafaring, trade and port activities. Bremen is the most southerly German maritime port, whilst Bremerhaven boasts the largest container transhipment centre in Europe. Cutting-edge technology is the defining feature of Bremen’s ports, which rank amongst the most rapid in the world.

Traditional businesses – ranging from automotive manufacturing and aerospace technology via electronics right through to the food, beverages and tobacco industry – are just as much at home in Bremen as innovative firms of all shapes and sizes. This federal state has promoted the development of research and technology infrastructure through significant investments, evolving into north-western Germany’s key location for up-to-the-minute technology. Universities, colleges and outstanding scientific centres, such as the Alfred Wegener Institute for Maritime and Polar Research, have contributed to this status.

Rathaus und Roland-Statue Bremen הגדלה (© picture-alliance/HB-Verlag) Bremen carefully nurtures art and culture in a plethora of highly competent museums and institutes. Local people identify closely with their cosmopolitan two-city federal state.

With kind permission of the Bundesrat (September 2010)

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