This is Baden-Württemberg!
It is said that a landscape shapes the character of its people. Baden-Württemberg doesn't boast much in the way of natural resources. Nevertheless, since time immemorial, inventive, creative, and hard-working people have settled in Baden-Württemberg, making it one of Europe's leading economic and educational regions.
In all a scant 11 million inhabit an area of 35,751 square kilometers; that's approximately 10 % of the entire surface area of the Federal Republic of Germany. This makes Baden-Württemberg the third largest federal state in Germany, both in terms of population and area.
Why is Baden-Württemberg such a popular place to live and work? Probably because it has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the entire country. And because where there's a strong economy there is also a strong education system.
Or maybe because the sun shines more often and for longer here than anywhere else in Germany. And because the low crime rate means Baden-Württemberg is one of the safest German federal states. So, as you might expect, it tops the scale of life expectancy and quality of life.
Geographically, the state is characterized by the Black Forest and the Rhine river plain in the West, Lake Constance and the Württembergian Allgäu in the South, the Swabian Alb in the East, and the Hohenloher region and the Kraichgau in the North.
Taken together, some 1.5 million people inhabit the four major cities of Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Mannheim and Freiburg. Five more large towns, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Pforzheim, Reutlingen and Ulm, each has a population in excess of 100,000. If you count the areas surrounding these, approximately half of Baden-Württemberg's population is urban-based.
By contrast, the other half lives in rural areas, small towns and villages. In fact, some fifty percent of Baden-Württemberg's 1,101 boroughs have a registered population under 5,000. It's this combination of rural tranquility and economic industriousness which gives Baden-Württemberg its unique charm.