Ostwestfalen-Lippe [ˈɔstvɛstˈfaːlənˈlɪpə] ( ), abbreviation OWL, is a 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 region Detmold. A large number of major globally operating companies are headquartered in the region, including Bertelsmann, Miele, Dr. Oetker, Melitta, Gerry Weber, Gildemeister AG, Schüco, Wincor Nixdorf and Claas. In 2012 OWL became the German Leading Edge Cluster for intelligent Technical Systems. Universities are located in Bielefeld and Paderborn.
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. One of the best-known sights is the Hermannsdenkmal near Detmold.
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