The State of Hessen is one of the 16 German States. It is located in the center of the country; in history, the region has often been referred to as the heart of Europe due to its location. The Hessian people have a history stretching back to the Teutoberg Forest and the destruction of three Roman Legions in the first century AD, the modern Federal German State of Hessen is a much safer place today.
In 2017, the State was home to 6.243.262 Inhabitants with an average age of 43.8 years. These people share about 8,150.56mi² of land spreading over Germany's center. Almost 10% of the population (about 628,200 children) are pupils and another 261,800 are university students.
With a gross domestic product (GDP) of 281.418 billion Euro, Hessen is, economically, the strongest German territorial state. Hessen’s economic performance surpasses that of some EU member states, such as Greece, Finland, Ireland and Portugal. From Northern Hessen, any item that is shipped takes no more than five hours by road to reach its actual destination in Germany.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Germany in its whole is rich in culture and arts, e.g. the “Ottoneum” in Kassel, built in 1605, was the first permanent theater building erected in Germany. Hessen has approx. 3,500 choirs with 110,000 singers and 500 music associations with 30,000 musicians. Hessen’s oldest gothic organ, which can still be played, is located in Sankt Valentinus Church in Kiedrich.