Germany at its Best

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen



The location marketing campaign "Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen" calls on local citizens, business people, scientists and inventors and other personalities from NRW to present their outstanding achievements in a national, European and international context.

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The media location North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia numbers among the most highly developed media and creative regions in Europe. TV and radio stations, network operators and content providers are accelerating the process of media convergence. Numerous international media and telecommunication giants are located in NRW. The state is also home to a vibrant film industry and a strong publishing sector. In addition, the computer games industry is strongly represented and achieves the largest sales of any Germany region. In addition, the diverse cultural scene in NRW fosters a productive crossover between the arts, culture and the media, thus boosting creativity and innovation.

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Economic Development Agency of the
German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4, 40219 Düsseldorf, Germany

+49 211 13000-0
+49 211 13000-154

Did you know... 

… that one third of Germany's total TV airtime is produced in North Rhine-Westphalia? ... that major international movies such as Cloud Atlas, Rush and The Physician were funded by the NRW Film and Media Foundation?

Quick facts

  • NRW is a major center for the media and creative industries – as evidenced in more than 24,000 enterprises, a total workforce of more than 412,000 and annual sales of almost €122 billion.
  • In terms of revenues Düsseldorf is Germany's number one advertising industry location.
  • More than 40 percent of Germany's mobile communication companies are headquartered in NRW.
  • In terms of sales revenues NRW is one of the leading German computer gaming markets. One German games developer out of four works in NRW.

Meeting places for the creative community in NRW

North Rhine-Westphalia's leading role in the media industry is mirrored in numerous events and trade shows held in Cologne. For example, 'gamescom', the world's largest trade fair for interactive games, has continuously set new records for exhibitor numbers and visitor attendance. At 'dmexco', the annual Digital Marketing Exposition and Congress, media professionals discuss the latest trends in marketing and consumer communication. The annual NRW Media Forum attracts experts from the fields of telecommunications, infrastructure, the media, Internet, TV and publishing. They come together to analyze the future perspectives of the media against the background of continuing convergence.

Media enterprises in NRW

Numerous media enterprises are based in the Rhineland region, above all in the city of Cologne, the No. 1 media location:

Bertelsmann Deutsche Telekom DuMont Mediengruppe Electronic Arts
RTL Ubisoft WDR Vodafone
Parador GmbH & Co.KG:
Custom Printed Laminate Flooring Source: Parador GmbH & Co.KG
Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Ross Lovegrove, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have at least two things in common. They belong to the international elite in creativity. And they have created laminate flooring designs for Parador, one of the leading suppliers of top-grade indoor floorings. Whether the play of light of a church window, a detached computer circuit board or cedars casting shadows, any motif can be printed on the floors of the company from Coesfeld, as is evident from the current designs. It is the unique printing method called ArtPrint, developed by Parador, which makes this possible. The patented technique formed the basis for the first collection, "Edition 1", where Parador similarly collaborated with internationally renowned designers and architects. The laminate decor conceived here went on to receive important design awards, among which are the red dot award and Interior Innovation Award. For surface areas of over 100 square metres Parador produces customised laminates as per specified design. Hence PrintArt can even make designers out of clients!



New opportunities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Your No. 1 investment location in Germany – Facts and figures

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North Rhine-Westphalia at a glance

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New opportunities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Your No. 1 investment location in Germany – Facts and figures