Figures in brief
Today, Bonn is a city with more than 330,000 inhabitants and even – and this is very rare in the larger German cities – with a surplus birth rate.
The hotel industry registers almost 1.6 million overnight stays per year.
Unemployment is less than seven percent.
As the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn relies heavily on music. The annual Beethovenfest promotes the composer. Preparations for Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020, which will be celebrated from December 2019 to December 2020, are underway. Then the city – and with it the whole world – will celebrate this anniversary. With the houses of the Museumsmeile there are big crowd-pullers: The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Museum Alexander Koenig and Deutsches Museum Bonn attract millions of visitors every year. In addition, the city of Bonn has a lively and strong cultural scene in all areas.
Six of the 14 federal ministries have their first offices on the Rhine. They correspond to the five policy areas defined in the Berlin/Bonn Act. Education and science, culture, research and technology, telecommunications; environment and health; food, agriculture and forestry; development policy; defence. More than 20 federal authorities, including the Bundeskartellamt and the Bundesrechnungshof, have moved from Berlin and Frankfurt to Bonn and have thus partly compensated for the loss of ministerial jobs. This makes Bonn the second political centre in the strongly federal Federal Republic, which is expressed by the term “federal city” taken from Switzerland.
Service is the top priority in Bonn’s economic fabric. Large, globally active companies have decided to set up their headquarters in Bonn, including Deutsche Post DHL Group and Deutsche Telekom with a number of subsidiaries. Measured by the stock market value of the companies, Bonn is thus the second largest city in Germany. The IT sector alone employs around 10,000 people in Bonn’s large and many medium-sized companies, making the city number 4 among German IT locations.
International Bonn/German UNO City
The idea of developing Bonn into a centre for international cooperation already existed in the 1991 Bundestag resolution. Since then, numerous international organisations have been attracted to the city and, together with around 150 non-governmental organisations, form a strong network. The greatest international success has certainly been the establishment of almost 20 United Nations agencies, including the World Climate Secretariat (UNFCCC). International activities focus on development cooperation, environmental issues and disaster preparedness. The common motto is “UN Bonn – Shaping a Sustainable Future”.
Since the summer of 2006, the core of Bonn’s international activities has been the UN Campus alongside the World Conference Center Bonn, which has been supplemented by a further large conference hall. UNO facilities have moved into the former high-rise parliament building.
Even in the past, Bonn has repeatedly been able to show that it is also suitable as a congress venue for large conferences. Examples are two world climate summits, the freshwater conference, the Afghanistan conferences, the international conference for
renewable energies and in 2008 the UN Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. In November 2017, the World Climate Conference (COP23) took place in Bonn. It was the largest international conference in Germany to date. Some 22,000 people from more than 190 countries – 11,111 delegates, 1300 journalists and 9500 observers – took part.
Since Deutsche Welle moved to Bonn in 2003, the international image of Bonn has been spread worldwide.
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