After World War II, the city became a part of the American occupation zone as the USA wanted to have a port under its control. Bremen's mayor traveled to the US to seek Bremen's independence from Lower Saxony, as Bremen had traditionally been a city-state.

In 1947 Nordmende was founded, a manufacturer of entertainment electronics. In 1958 OHB-System was founded, a manufacturer of medium-sized spaceflight satellites.

Population history

:1350: 20,000:1810: 35,800 inhabitants:1830: 43,700:1850: 55,100:1880: 111,900:1900: 161,200:1925: 295,000:1969: 607,185 :1998: 550,000, "Passivhaus Institute", accessed 2007-05-30]


-|Bremen has an international airport situated in the south of the city.

Bremer Straßenbahn AG (translates from German as "Bremen Tramways Corporation"), often abbreviated BSAG, is the public transport provider for Bremen, offering tramway and bus services.


Several high-tech industries have settled in the city. Many of Germany's space technology exports are manufactured in EADS Astrium facilities in Bremen, such as the Columbus module of the International Space Station, Europe's Ariane 5 rocket upper stages and the Automated Transfer Vehicle. The telematics, space technology and satellite company OHB-System is also based in the city. Furthermore, Bremen is the home of the second biggest Airbus plant of Germany, producing wing equipment for the A300/A310, A330/A340 and A380 families of aircraft.There is also a Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen, building the C, CLK, SL, and SLK series of cars. Beginning in 2008, the GLK sport utility vehicle will also be built in Bremen. Beck's and St Pauli Girl beers are brewed in Bremen. It also had a huge number of wine importers, but the number is down to a precious few. Apart from that there is another link between Bremen and wine: about 800 years ago, quality wines were produced here. A large number of food producing or trading companies are located in Bremen with their German or European headquarters: Inbev (Beck's Brewery), Kellogg's, Kraft Foods (Kraft, Jacobs Coffee, Milka Chocolate, Milram, Miràcoli), Frosta (frosted food), Nordsee (chain of sea fast food), Melitta Kaffee, Eduscho Kaffee, Azul Kaffee, Vitakraft (pet food for birds), Atlanta AG (Chiquita banana), chocolatier Hachez (fine chocolate and confiserie), feodora chocolatier [ page 64]

Claus Christian: A photographic excursion through Bremen, Bremen-North, Bremerhaven, Fischerhude and Worpswede, 2007 ISBN 978-3-00-015451-5

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