Lower Saxony is situated in the heart of Europe, with the continent's major north-south and east-west transport routes passing through the state capital, Hannover. It is not only because of its central location that Lower Saxony sees itself as a cosmopolitan, progressive region that attaches great importance to nurturing international relations. Lower Saxony is seeking to benefit from the opportunities of globalization and is therefore keen to enter into collaboration in the spheres of industry and commerce, science and culture.
It is against this background that our federal state maintains numerous partnerships: in Poland with the voivodeships of Lower Silesia and Greater Poland, in France with Haute Normandie, in Russia with Perm and Tjumen, in China with the province of Anhui, in Japan with the prefecture of Tokushima, and in South Africa with Eastern Cape Province. Lower Saxony enjoys particularly close cooperation with the Netherlands along the shared border.
The Lower Saxony state government's international outlook goes beyond visits to the partner regions: it maintains very close contacts on all continents.
Lower Saxony's global links correspond to the activities of the global players located in our federal state. These include Deutsche Messe AG, organizer of the world's largest IT exhibition (CEBIT) and the world's biggest industrial show (Hannover Messe), car and tyre giants Volkswagen and Continental respectively, and many other companies actively involved in the global markets.