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Bremen (state)


Area:404 kmē
Inhabitants:662,000 (2001)
pop. density:1,549 people/kmē
Homepage:bremen.de (http://www.bremen.de/)
Minister-President:Henning Scherf[?] (SPD)
Ruling party:SPD/CDU coalition

Bremen is one of Germany's 16 Bundesländer, the federal states of the country.


While Lower Saxony was under British control after World War II, Bremen was under American administration because of its strategic importance as a harbour town.


Generally the mayor of the city of Bremen is at the same time head of the government of the federal state.


The state of Bremen consists of two separated enclaves, the cities of Bremen and Bremerhaven further downstream, on the shore of the North Sea (the name means Bremen's harbour). Both cities are completely surrounded by the neighbouring Bundesland of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen). Administratively both cities are district-free cities.

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