Forgotten World (166): Bavaria

It’s time to have another week of postings in my long-running series called Forgotten World – a look at parts of the world that hardly feature in our media or thoughts. You can check the previous 165 entries here.
Bavaria – located in the south-east of Germany – is the largest of the 16 Lander that make up the German nation and its capital is Munich. On its own, the Land of Bavaria has a population of 10.5 million which makes it as big as many nation states in Europe. It has long had one of the largest and healthiest economies of any region in Germany or Europe for that matter and its GDP in 2007 exceeded 434 billion Euros (about $600 billion) making it one of the largest economies in Europe and the 18th largest in the world.
Politically Bavaria is very distinctive as well. The conservative Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU) has dominated politics since 1957 and won every election since then. The federal conservative party the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) does not operate in Bavaria and the CSU acts as the CDU’s sister party there and they form a single faction in the Federal parliament. The difference between the CDU and the CSU is mainly that the CSU is more conservative in domestic and social issues but more progressive in fiscal issues.

One Comment

  • Sorpoerty

    блин…писал-писал, а сообщение не отправилось и не сохранилось 🙂 вообщем блог понравился. админу удачи в развитии.


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