The German American Society had established high school student exchanges between Omaha and Braunschweig in 1986 and wished to “formalize” the relationship. Braunschweig was officially established as a sister city in 1992. Its population is over 250,000 and lies on the northern edge of the Harz Mountains.
As one of Germany’s most important industrial areas, it offers a perfect environment for international companies. According to statistics, it is Europe’s most active research and development region with over 27,000 people are employed in research and development and 7.1 percent of the gross domestic product is invested in research, which puts Braunschweig ahead of Silicon Valley.
Allied bombing destroyed 47% of the built up area of the city during World War II. The Anglo-American air raid on October 15, 1944 destroyed most of the city’s churches, and the Altstadt (old town), the largest homogeneous ensemble of half-timbered houses in Germany. In the 1990s, efforts increased to reconstruct historic buildings that had been destroyed in the air raid.
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