My name is Bodo Ramelow. I am Prime Minister of the Free State of Thuringia. It is a beautiful country. Its abundance of nature and environmental beauty, its wealth of art and culture, wonderful cities and history are truly exciting. We have so much to offer and I’m always glad about Thuringia’s wide diversity. “Where do you find so many good things in such a small space! ... From there, the gates are opening up to all places in the world. ... I have been here for fifty years, and I have been to many places! But I have always enjoyed returning here.” This is what Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote to his secretary Eckermann about his chosen home Thuringia in 1823.