Bavaria (German: Bayern) is a Bundesland (federal state) of the Germany, situated in the south-east of the country. Its capital is Munich. Until 1918 Bavaria was a kingdom within the German Empire; prior to the formation of the German Empire in 1871 it had been an independent kingdom.
Bavaria has the second-largest economy in Germany, after North Rhine-Westphalia. Its main resources are industry (motor vehicles, heavy electrical equipment, consumer electronics) and services (banks, insurance, tourism, entertainment).
Bavaria is currently ruled by the conservative CSU. The minister president is Markus Söder who is preceded by Horst Seehofer. In April 2018 minister president Söder ordered Christian Crosses to be Displayed on All Entrances to Government Buildings in Bavaria.
Minister presidents of Bavaria since the end of World War II
- Fritz Schäffer (1945)
- Wilhelm Hoegner (1945–1946)
- Hans Ehard (1946–1954)
- Wilhelm Hoegner (1954–1957)
- Hanns Seidel (1957–1960)
- Hans Ehard (1960–1962)
- Alfons Goppel (1962–1978)
- Franz Josef Strauß (1978–1988)
- Max Streibl (1988–1993)
- Edmund Stoiber (1993–2007)
- Günther Beckstein (2007–2008)
- Horst Seehofer (2008–2018)
- Markus Söder (since 2018)