South Westphalia – the genuine article

South Westphalia is the youngest region in Germany. As part of the application for the REGIONALE 2013 programme, the local districts of Olpe, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Soest, the Märkische Kreis district and the Hochsauerlandkreis district joined together to form a geographical and economic force to be reckoned with. In an area of 6,200 km2 there are around 1.4 million residents in a total of 59 cities, towns and communities.
As early as 2007, when applying for the NRW structure promotional programme REGIONALE, South Westphalia documented that the sustainable approach to natural resources was a central theme for the region. The numerous civic and communal activities in the area of utilising renewable energy, increasing energy efficiency and realising local climate protection initiatives can also be seen in this context. There had already been a multitude of good examples and exemplary solutions.
South Westphalia has more than 140 world market leaders, which makes it one of the most important industrial regions of Germany and the leading industrial region in North Rhine-Westphalia. Focal industrial sectors include mechanical engineering, automobiles, building technology, timber industry and forestry as well as healthcare industries. The majority of the companies are medium-sized, family run businesses, which offer secure employment and various, interesting career opportunities. Transferring technological ideas and know-how between small and large companies and the four Universities of Applied Science at seven locations, as well as other institutes, are the basis for the high level of innovation.
This has been confirmed with the TOP 5 award for South Westphalia from the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs as one of the most innovative and efficient regions in Germany.
At the same time, the region is well-known for its high quality of life: Living in the countryside in the Sauerland and Siegen-Wittgenstein areas, with moderate price levels, an impressive social life and local clubs, as well as innumerable and diverse leisure and recreational activities; the area is not only interesting for the locals but also for tourists. The countryside, cultural and sporting possibilities entice hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers and day visitors to the area every year.

The innovative strength of the economy, the broadly diversified educational opportunities and the unique landscape form the basis on which the subject of efficient management of natural resources, climate protection and adaptation to climate change can also be further developed and – within the framework of KlimaExpo.NRW too – implemented into defined, agreed projects.

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Also visit the website of the region: (German)