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Thuringia

Introduction

The Free State of Thuringia is a German federal state, bordered by Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Lower Saxony, Hesse and Bavaria. Thuringia was home to 2.14m inhabitants in 2019, the equivalent of 3% of the German population (Eurostat, 2020). Thuringia has a surface area of 16,172 km2, with a population density of 132.5 inhabitants/km2. The capital and largest city is Erfurt.
Thuringia is known for its industrial sectors in the automotive supply sector, tools industry, engine construction, software engineering, photovoltaic production, medical and biotechnology and lens manufacturing. Thuringia’s universities and research organisations put the region business on the cutting edge of innovation and supply the latter with the skilled workers needed to stay there. Moreover, its universities and research organizations put Thuringia’s businesses on the cutting edge of innovation and supply them with the skilled workers needed to stay there (Germany Trade & Invest, 2019).
 

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