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> So far besides maybe Siemens there wasn't too much industry here, which is more present in the south of the country.

Siemens is big in Niedersachsen (e.g. Braunschweig) so it's more about East/West divide.

Some background for the non-German readers: Within Germany there's still a very noticeable divide between east and west, with average waegs, for example, being considerably higher in the west. This goes back to the different ways the two regions were managed after WWII.

So when a big (and presumably well-paying) company is going to create lots of jobs in the country, whether this is in an eastern or a western state is indeed a very important question.

EDIT: Please note though, that it's somewhat controversial how relevant the divide really is these days. Some will tell you it's 90% in peoples heads, others will tell you that there's still a long way to go before we can really call the german reunification complete.

In socioeconomic terms the north-south divide is much more pronounced than the east-west divide.

Politically, east-west is obviously dominant.

That's a bit skewed by the fact that most of Eastern Germany is also part of Northern Germany. I don't doubt that there is a north-south divide, but the industrial divide is still mostly West-East. In Eastern Germany, there was little manufacturing capacity at reunification which still shows effects today. Other parts of Northern Germany have been strongholds of car manufacturing for >50 years (most notably VW and Siemens).

Well, basically it is because the strong industrial base is in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.

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