Ostwestfalen-Lippe [ˈɔstvɛstˈfaːlənˈlɪpə] ( listen), abbreviation OWL, is a technology region in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with a 2,000-year-old history and culture. Ostwestfalen-Lippe is the eastern part of the region of Westphalia, joined with the Lippe region. A literal translation of the region's name would be East(ern) Westphalia-Lippe. The region is congruent with the area of the administrative Detmold Region.
Major cities in the region are Bielefeld, Paderborn, Gütersloh, Herford, Minden and Detmold. The region has a population of 2.07 million. The Teutoburg Forest stretches across the region. The highest point in Ostwestfalen-Lippe is on the side of the Totenkopf (498 m). One of the best-known sights is the Hermannsdenkmal near Detmold.
A large number of major globally operating companies are headquartered in the region, including Bertelsmann, Miele, Dr. Oetker, Melitta, Gerry Weber, Gildemeister AG, Hörmann, Schüco, Wincor Nixdorf, Phoenix Contact and Claas. In 2012 OWL became Germans BMBF Leading Edge Technology Cluster for intelligent Technical Systems (it's OWL ), which is currently the largest public funded project in the context of the government initiative "Industry 4.0". Universities are located in Bielefeld, Paderborn and Lemgo. The Fraunhofer Society is engaged in OWL in Lemgo and Paderborn.
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