Saarbr├╝cken is the capital city of the German federal state of Saarland. With a population of 190 000, Saarbr├╝cken is one of the smaller of Germany's major cities. A modern, forward-looking and forward-thinking city, Saarbr├╝cken boasts an attractive old town and varied cultural and recreational amenities.
Located at the heart of the so-called Saar-Lor-Lux triangle, Saarland is strongly influenced by its neighbours France and Luxembourg. The Lorraine region of France is only a stone's throw away and Luxembourg a mere 90 km from Saarbr├╝cken.
With a population of around 1.08 million and an area of 2570 km², Saarland is the smallest of the German L├Ąnder (federal states) after the city-states of Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg. Around one third of Saarland is covered by forest. Mining and the steel industry were for many years the most important elements in the economy of the Saarland. Today, the focus is on new industries, technologies and services - with all five institutions of higher education in Saarland playing their part.