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Location of Germany within Europe 

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 (Bundesländer), which in certain spheres act independently of the Federation or "Bund".

Germany is a developed country with a very high standard of living, and it maintains a comprehensive social security, a universal health care system and diverse environmental protection laws. It is a global leader in several industrial and technological sectors.

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 Köln  [kœln]; Kölsch: Kölle) 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 (Kölner Dom) is seat to a Roman Catholic Archdiocese and just as important to the city as its specially brewed Kölsch beer. Cologne University is one of Europe's oldest universities and internationally renowned for its economics department. More ...

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Interior of the St. Paulin church in Trier, a work of Balthasar Neumann

Image credit: Berthold Werner

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Helmut Schmidt in 1977
Schmidt in 1977

More Germany-related news in English can be found at Deutsche Welle, Tagesschau, and Der Spiegel.

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