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___ SaarlandA virtual guide to the German Federal State of Saarland. Beside a state profile, this page offers links to sources that provide you with information about this "Bundesland", e.g.: official web sites, local news, culture, history, education, city- and country guides with travel and visitors information, tourist attractions, events and much more.
Flag of the German Federal State of Saarland
Saarland, named after the Saar River, is in both area and population, the smallest of the German area states (Flächenländer), not counted the federal city states. It is surrounded by Rhineland-Palatinate in north and east and borders France in the south and west and Luxembourg in west.
Saarbrücken’s film festival for German-speaking up- and-coming talent has been the launching pad for glittering careers, as Franka Potente and Til Schweiger have proved. The state has over the last 200 years changed nationality eight times and the French influence is highly evident. Mining is now no longer the key industry, with steel and car-making competing with IT for the number one slot. The steel industry bequeathed a fascinating attraction: Völklingen Ironworks, which is included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The state’s most famous name, however, has to be that of Villeroy & Boch, a global player in the porcelain market.
Official Name: Saarland
Motto: mit grenzenlosem Charme (with boundless charm)
Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Capital City: Saarbrücken
Other Cities: Homburg, Neunkirchen, Saarlouis, Völklingen.
Location: in south-west of Germany
Area: 2,568 km²
Population (2013): 1 million
Religions: 36,4% Protestants, 54,5% Roman Catholic, 9,1% no religious affiliation.
Languages: German, French
Natural resources: Forests.
Agriculture products: Grain, dairy products, livestock.
Industries: Automotive industries, engineering, steel production, mining.
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Saarland online, official website of the federal state.
Landtag des Saarlandes
The parliament of the Saarland.
Saarland in figures.
Google Earth Saarland
Searchable map/satellite view of Saarland.
Google Earth Saarbrücken
Searchable map/satellite view of Saarland's capital.
Newspaper (in German).
Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR)
Saarland's regional public radio and television.
Festival of Electronic Music.
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
Saarbrücken Film Festival, a platform for upcoming new talents from Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Saarland Museum State Gallery
Saarland State Theater.
Chamber of Industry and Commerce Saarland.
Villeroy & Boch
Flughafen Saarbrücken (SCN)
Official website of the Airport of Saarbrücken.
Urlaub im Saarland
The official tourist guide to Saarland.
Stadt · Land · Lust - die Region Saarbrücken
Tourist guide to Saarbrücken region.
The official web site of Saarbrücken, capital city of the Saarland.
Other cities (official sites):
Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar
Universität des Saarlands
International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science
IMPRS provides highly research-oriented training for junior scientists.
Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik
Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken.
The Natural Park Saar-Hunsrück in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland.
A guide to nature and national parks in Germany.
History - The origin of Saarland
Saarland's history provided by the state's official website.
History of Saarland
Wikipedia entry about Saarland's history.
Open Directory Project: Saarland
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