Welcome to Thuringia

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Minister-President Bodo Ramelow

Greetings from Thuringian Minister-President Bodo Ramelow on the English homepage of thueringen.de

  • Welcome to the English pages of the thueringen.de web, where you will find a wealth of information on the Free State of Thuringia: on the region’s cultural riches, eventful history and lovely scenery, as well as on attractive investment opportunities.
  • The website is designed to make you curious to visit Thuringia, not only virtually, but in person, too. Because our state is certainly worth it: whether you come here to hike or ski in the Thuringian Forest, to pay a visit to the Wartburg near Eisenach or the Goethe House in Weimar, or to retrace the historical footsteps of Johann Sebastian Bach and Martin Luther: there is so much to see and discover!
  • And Thuringia is so easy to get to: thanks to our ultramodern traffic infrastructure, the Free State – set in the heart of Germany and Europe – is quick and easy to reach from virtually any point across the continent. These pages also have a host of attractions for tourists to our region.

I hope you enjoy perusing our website and I will be thrilled if the information we are providing here succeeds in whetting your desire to come and discover Thuringia.

Bodo Ramelow
Minister-President of Thuringia




Personal details:

born on 16th February 1956 in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, married, two children



Education and professional career

1970 - 1973

Training as retail salesman at Karstadt Gießen

1973 - 1974

Worked at Karstadt while training as an assistant manager


Assistant manager at HaWeGe in Marburg-Cappel

1975 - 1977

Acquired advanced technical college certificate at  Marburg technical college; trainer (CCI certified)

1978 - 1980

Branch manager Jöckel Vertriebs GmbH Marburg

1981 - 1990 

Union secretary Central Hesse

1990 - 1999

HBV regional chairman Thuringia

1999 - 2005 

Member of the Thuringian Parliament, from 2001 parliamentary leader of the PDS (Party of Democratic Socialism)

2005 - 2009

Member of the German Bundestag; deputy leader of the party DIE LINKE (The Left)

2009 - 12/2014

Leader of the party DIE LINKE (The Left)

since 2009

Member of the Thuringian Parliament

5th December 2014

Minister-President of the Free State of Thuringia