Welcome to Saarland

Over the centuries, France and Germany have played ping pong with Saarland, coveting it for its valuable natural resources. In the 20th century, the region came under French control twice – after each of the world wars – but in both cases (in referendums held in 1935 and 1955) its people voted in favour of rejoining Germany.

Long a land of coal and heavy industry, Saarland has in recent decades cleaned up its air and streams and reoriented its economy towards technology and industrial heritage tourism.

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Saarland in detail