Get to know Saxony-Anhalt

In a nutshell The federal state of Saxony-Anhalt is located in the heart of Germany and borders on Lower Saxony in the west, Brandenburg in the east and Saxony and Thuringia in the southeast and southwest. Saxony-Anhalt has an area of over 20,000 km² and a population of approx. 2.3 million. Its two major cities are the state capital of Magdeburg and the city of Halle (Saale). Another major centre is the independent town of Dessau-Roßlau.

Industry and science Particular growth drivers in Saxony-Anhalt are the traditional chemical industry, the food industry and the automotive suppliers, whose production facilities are among the most modern of their kind in the world. Together with Saxony, the Halle-Leipzig region is developing into a centre for biotechnology and genetic engineering. In addition, Saxony-Anhalt has a modern information and communication technology industry with many start-up companies.

Landscape The landscape is very varied. From the Altmark in the north, the state stretches over the Magdeburger Börde and the Harz low mountain range to the Thuringian foothills. Two thirds of Saxony-Anhalt’s are is used for agriculture. The black soils of the Magdeburger Börde are particularly fertile. The soil quality of this region is one of the best in Germany. This is a good basis for agriculture in Saxony-Anhalt and for the food processing industry.

Other interesting facts Second only to Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt has the most UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany – the Bauhaus, the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom, the Luther memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg and the old town of Quedlinburg – as well as a diverse landscape of castles, palaces and churches. With several universities and research institutes, Halle and Magdeburg are scientific centres.

Districts & independent towns In addition to its state capital of Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt has 2 independent towns (Halle/Saale and Dessau-Roßlau) and 11 administrative districts. The following websites explain how public and cultural life is organised in the respective districts, including its towns and municipalities:


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Open-mindedness Saxony-Anhalt is a federal state that is happy to welcome newcomers, whether from other federal states or from abroad! Did you know, for example, that Saxony-Anhalt is not only one of the most child- and family-friendly federal states with comprehensive childcare facilities and training opportunities, but also offers a large number of universities as well as research and development facilities, is characterized by an open welcome culture with numerous offers, and that solidarity and support are practiced here with and for each other? Numerous central and regional support services are available when moving in, both for finding accommodation, vocational orientation, day-care and school registration, visa application or contacts with clubs and associations for voluntary commitment.