Lower Saxony is Germany's second largest federal state, situated in the northwest with a population of 8 million.This is where the German environmentalist movement began in protest against nuclear waste disposal.
Lower Saxony is the only German state that has maritime and mountainous areas, as it stretches from the North Sea to the low mountains of the Harz in central Germany. Agriculture is an important factor in the state; wheat, potatoes, rye, and oats as well as beef, pork and poultry are the state's main agricultural products. Mining has been an important source of income - since the 1980 radioactive waste has beeb transported to defunct mines. DW coverage on Lower Saxony is collated below.
A river and the many hills along its banks give the region its name: Weserbergland, or the Weser Uplands. It’s ideal for cycling holidays, because the Weser Cycle Route runs parallel to the river banks, some 500 kilometers from Hannoversch Münden to the Weser estuary on the North Sea coast.
The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is set to be excluded from a foundation that oversees the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp memorial. The foundation's director told DW the move was "the lesser of two evils."