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I'll be the first to admit my state is not the most beautiful, clean, nor wealthy among the states of Germany, but is living in North Rhine-Westphalia such an embarrassment that it needs to be hidden completely?

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if it is, then at least remove the second comma! :)

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Hm, while we have you here, how would someone in Germany typically write that? I assume "Cologne, Germany", not "Cologne, North Rhine-Wesphalia, Germany" (as we do in some places)? –  David Fullerton Apr 18 '11 at 16:05
    
@David Cologne, Germany will do fine. We do not have the habit of adding the state name. But maybe adding it wouldn't hurt in a careers context, though, to provide some orientation for foreigners? –  Pëkka Apr 18 '11 at 16:07
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I think a lot of region hierarchies throw in the extra level because there are some duplicates otherwise, e.g. we have several towns/villages called Whitchurch in the UK. They're pretty unwieldly. I get annoyed having to write London, Greater London, UK. –  Rup Apr 18 '11 at 16:15
    
@Rup: Great Britain, Greater London... sounds like a mania. –  user136634 Apr 18 '11 at 16:43
    
North-Rhine-Westphalia is really more of a state of mind, that's why. –  user27414 Apr 18 '11 at 16:54
    
@status-declined ohhhh boy, that it is! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cologne_Carnival –  Pëkka Apr 18 '11 at 18:55
    
@Developer Art: Look, they just want you to know they're Great, OK? –  Jason Punyon Apr 19 '11 at 14:25

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This should be fixed now. Sadly, prospective employers will have to do a bit more research to discover that Cologne is, in fact, in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Perhaps they thought they did you a favor. Everyone knows those weird people of NRW - they like to dress strangely, then at one day they gather all together and drink and dance and do other unspeakable things. Better keep it quiet.

:)

What surprises me in the whole story is this:

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Where are all those employers? Is careers THAT US-centric that in 2 months only one employer came by? Or is that everyone laughs when they see the location of Stuttgart? Those Swabian programmers you know. But I'm not even German, I seriously can program, I really do.

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Naaah, the swabian engineer is one of the pillars of the nation! That can't be it. It's probably that careers is terribly US-centric, at least at the moment. –  Pëkka Apr 18 '11 at 18:54

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