North Rhine-Westphalia

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

Definition of North Rhine-Westphalia

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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