RELIGION IN THE RUHR METROPOLIS
Due to its geographical location, rich cultural heritage and past religious developments, the Ruhr Metropolis is defined by Christian beliefs. The region does, however, celebrate an openness to other religions.
The Roman Catholic Church is very visible throughout the state of North Rhine Westphalia and the Ruhr is no exception. This community forms the largest religious group with over a third of residents with Protestants traditionally making up the second. Churches of all ages, shapes and sizes can be found.
English language services are not very widespread but can be found in places across the region of the Ruhr.
Migrant workers became Germany’s early expats forming the backbone of industrial but also cultural development. An influx of people occurred from several Muslim nations during the 1960’s, 1970’s and beyond. Most of the people from such countries as Turkey, Morocco and Iran actually decided to remain in spite of their status of so-called guest workers, Gastarbeiter, and in doing so, made Islam the third largest religious group. Several mosques and religious centres have been built over the years and are firmly established
Smaller groups are also present with the number of Jewish citizens increasing steadily in communities of the the Ruhr region. Many have migrated from Russia and other former Soviet Union countries.
Socialising in the Ruhr
Staying in touch and getting together with others living in a similar situation can be important. Expat groups in social media are highly valuable sources for connecting. Socialising in the Ruhr Metropolis can include events, international clubs or heading for a popular spot to meet international residents.