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Location of Germany within Europe
Carl Friedrich Gauss

Germany is one of the world's most industrialised countries, located in the center of Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, to the west by France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic.

Germany is a democratic federal parliamentary republic, containing 16 federal-states (Bundeslnder), which in certain spheres act independently of the Federation or "Bund".

The Federal Republic of Germany is a member state of the United Nations, NATO, the G8 nations, and a founding member of the European Union. More...

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Cologne Cathedral with Hohenzollern bridge

Cologne (German: About this sound Kln  [kln]; Klsch: Klle) is Germany's fourth-largest city after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. Cologne lies at the River Rhine and is the largest city both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Area, one of the largest European metropolitan areas with almost 12 million inhabitants.

The city's world famous Cologne Cathedral (Klner Dom) is seat to a Roman Catholic Archdiocese and just as important to the city as its specially brewed Klsch beer. Cologne University is one of Europe's oldest universities and internationally renowned for its economics department. More ...

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Town Hall of Hildesheim, ca. 1890
Town hall of Hildesheim

Image credit: old postcard, public domain

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