North Rhine–Westphalia

geographical name \ˈnȯrt-ˌrīn-ˌvest-ˈfä-lən\
variants: or German

Nordrhein–Westfalen

play \ˈnȯrt-ˌrīn-ˌvest-ˈfä-lən\

Definition of North Rhine–Westphalia

  1. state of Germany and formerly of West Germany formed in 1946 by the union of former Westphalia province, Lippe state, and northern Rhine Province and bordering on the Netherlands and Belgium; capital Düsseldorf area 13,142 square miles (34,038 square kilometers), population 17,538,251


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