Cologne (region)

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Regierungsbezirk Köln
Map of North Rhine-Westphalia highlighting Cologne
Map of North Rhine-Westphalia highlighting Cologne
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Region seatCologne
 • Total7,364.71 km2 (2,843.53 sq mi)
 (31 December 2021)[1]
 • Total4,472,956
 • Density610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)

Cologne is one of the five governmental districts of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located in the south-west of that state and covers the hills of the Eifel as well as the Bergisches Land.

It was created in 1815, when Prussia reorganised its internal administration. In 1972 the Regierungsbezirk Aachen was incorporated.

Kreisfreie Städte
(district-free towns)
  1. Aachen
  2. Düren
  3. Euskirchen
  4. Heinsberg
  5. Oberbergischer Kreis
  6. Rhein-Erft-Kreis
  7. Rhein-Sieg-Kreis
  8. Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis
  1. Aachen
  2. Bonn
  3. Cologne
  4. Leverkusen


The Gross domestic product (GDP) of the region was 190.8 billion € in 2018, accounting for 5.7% of German economic output. GDP per capita adjusted for purchasing power was 39,300 € or 130% of the EU27 average in the same year. The GDP per employee was 110% of the EU average.[2]

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  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2021" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Regional GDP per capita ranged from 30% to 263% of the EU average in 2018". Eurostat.

Coordinates: 50°50′N 6°55′E / 50.83°N 6.92°E / 50.83; 6.92