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! :)

  • 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)? Apr 18, 2011 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?
    – Pekka
    Apr 18, 2011 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, 2011 at 16:15
  • @Rup: Great Britain, Greater London... sounds like a mania.
    – user136634
    Apr 18, 2011 at 16:43
  • North-Rhine-Westphalia is really more of a state of mind, that's why.
    – user27414
    Apr 18, 2011 at 16:54
  • @status-declined ohhhh boy, that it is! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cologne_Carnival
    – Pekka
    Apr 18, 2011 at 18:55
  • @Developer Art: Look, they just want you to know they're Great, OK? Apr 19, 2011 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.


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.

  • 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.
    – Pekka
    Apr 18, 2011 at 18:54

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