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The Saar, a German state borders Luxembourg on the west and France
on the south. Its population of 1,054,142 (1989 est.) lives in an area of 2,567
sqkm (991 sq mi), giving the Saar a population density of 409 persons per
sqkm (1,062 per sq mi) , far higher that the German national average.
Industrial activity and employment is concentrated in coal mining, iron and
steelmilling, and the manufacture of machinery. Saarbrücken, Saarlouis,Volklingen, Neunkirchen, and Dillingen are important industrial centers.Forests and farms cover more than three-quarters of the Saarland's
area but are not major contributors to its highly developed industrial economy. In the 19th century Saarland belonged to the Rhine Province of Prussia. It was
not governed as a separate political unit until 1919, when the League of Nations
assumed responsibility for administering it. It was returned to Germany as the
result of a 1935 plebiscite. The Saarland was occupied by the French after
WorldWar II, but its population expressed a desire for reunification with
Germany. It became a West German state in 1957 and retained that status when Germany was reunified in 1990.
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