North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia, with a population of 18 million, is central to the most densely populated area in Europe and is Germany ́s No.1 industrial region. The strongest industrial sectors are construction, metal industries, machinery and the chemical industries. About a quarter of the land area is forest and there are significant opportunities for transformation of key sectors to the bioeconomy, particularly for construction, chemical and biotechnology industries. The federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia is following the recommendations of the bioeconomy strategy of the European Union and the German government while its own strategy is under revision.