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The federal state

Lower Saxony has a lot to offer. Not only does Germany's second-largest state have cultural, scenic and traditional appeal, it has proven itself as a successful location for industry and commerce. So visit Lower Saxony on an armchair journey in words and pictures. more

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The Lower Saxony state government

The state government consists of a team of ministers headed by the Minister President. Together they form the cabinet which establishes guidelines for state policy, allocates tasks among the various ministries, and passes draft statutes which come before the Landtag where they are put to the vote. more

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Studying in Lower Saxony

With its diverse higher-educational landscape, Lower Saxony offers students an abundance of promising opportunities for study. The state's universities, Universities of Applied Science, colleges of the arts and vocational academies all have their own characteristic profiles. more

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Lower Saxony, leading business and trade show location

Lower Saxony's big locational advantages are its centrality within the European core market - especially since the eastward expansion of the EU - and its outstanding infrastructure. It focuses on its key areas of expertise and on growth industries. more

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Take a holiday in Lower Saxony – discover the diversity of our natural heritage, culture and people here in the North! We can boast many attractive recreational areas extending from the East Frisian islands and the North Sea coast to the summits of the Harz mountains. more

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Kunst ist das, was Welt wird, nicht was Welt ist” (“Art is what the world becomes, not what the world is”) said Karl Kraus. That is why government funding of art and culture is always an investment in the future, as they play a vital role in determining our quality of life. more

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Dear visitor

As Minister President of Lower Saxony I would like to welcome you to the English website of the federal state of Lower Saxony. I invite you to use this resource to get to know our state better. As you will find out, Lower Saxony offers greater diversity than almost any part of Germany.

We've got it all, from the maritime flair of the North Sea islands to the ski slopes of the Harz mountains. Lower Saxony offers bustling metropolitan life in cities such as Hannover, Brunswick and Osnabrück, yet also peace, quiet and relaxation in secluded countryside. And our cultural heritage is just as varied as our landscapes. At many sites and in numerous museums you can discover that our state, despite having been in existence as a political entity for only around 60 years, has a history stretching back almost two millennia.

Lower Saxony is a modern and high-achieving location for industry and science. And it is a land of innovation, where outstanding research, high-tech advances and high-quality, top-selling products are all found together.

I will be delighted if this site motivates you to explore for yourself Lower Saxony in all its diversity, between the Harz mountains and the heathland, between the Elbe and Ems rivers.

Best wishes

Stephan Weil
Minister President

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