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When West and East Germany were still divided, Lower Saxony was the federal state with the longest stretch (550 km) of the border separating the two states. By virtue of its geographical position, the second largest federal state in the Federal Republic of Germany will certainly be a key link in future relations between the European Union and Eastern Europe.
Hanover, the state capital, hosts several of the world’s top industrial trade fairs. Volkswagen AG is the largest private sector employer.
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Lower Saxony’s appealing landscape between the Elbe and Ems, the Harz mountains and the North Sea is relatively unaffected by urban sprawl.
Research has a long tradition in Lower Saxony. The historic universities in Braunschweig, Clausthal-Zellerfeld and Göttingen testify to this, as do new solar energy research facilities.
Famous figures from Lower Saxony include the “Göttingen Seven”, who played an important role in German constitutional history; in 1837 these professors protested against the King of Hannover’s decision to suspend the state constitution.
With kind permission of the Bundesrat (September 2010)