Mayor: Dr. Andreas Bovenschulte
Population: 548,547 residents.
A brief history of the city
Bremen is the smallest among the 16 States of the Federal German Republic. It is the third most populous in Northern Germany and the tenth in Germany. Bremen is 1,200 years old and in ancient times constituted a center of Christian missions to north and northeast Europe.
The city played an important role in the Hanseatic League during the Middle Ages, and evolved in the tradition of a trading center, which developed in the area.
Bremen with Bremerhaven comprises the Free Hanseatic State of Bremen. The state of Bremen has a small administration structure, with a political parliament of 100 members. The State government, named the Bremen Senate, constitutes the executive body in which seven officials serve. The Senate president is also the State governor and the acting mayor. Bremen has a seat and a vote in the upper house of the German Parliament.
Bremen has the second largest international commerce volume in Germany. The city has a developed seaport with over 30 million tons of goods in the total value of over 70 billion DM a year. The automobile manufacturing industry in the city has international reputation – this is where the Mercedes vehicles are manufactured by Daimler-Benz, the biggest employer in the city. In addition, the city has steel industries, electronics (Atlas, Siemens, Phillips and others), shipbuilding and aerospace industries. The city is also a center of food and beverage industry (coffee from brand leaders such as Jacobs, Eduscho, Melitta and HAG; Kellogg’s cereals etc.) and luxury goods.
Bremen boasts a variety of museums, art galleries, theatre houses for opera and ballet, the fringe center, theatre groups and drama productions for children and youth. In addition, the city holds several festivals and a series of musical concerts. Bremen is the home of the German Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. There are many entertainment and leisure venues as the historic city center, parks, pubs and restaurants.
The Haifa-Bremen twin cities treaty was signed in 1978.