North Rhine-Westphalia

geographical name
variants: or German Nordrhein-Westfalen \ ˈnȯrt-​ˌrīn-​ˌvest-​ˈfä-​lən How to pronounce Nordrhein-Westfalen (audio) \

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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“North Rhine-Westphalia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/North%20Rhine-Westphalia. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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