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Germany is one of the world's leading industrialised countries. It is the third largest economy in the world in real terms after the United States and Japan. Located in Europe, it is bordered to the north by Denmark, to the east by Poland, to the south by Switzerland and Austria, and to the west by France.

Essential facts about Germany:
  • Capital city: Berlin
  • Five largest cities: Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt (in order of decreasing population)
  • Official language: German
  • Population: 82.5 million
  • Time zone: CET (summer: CEST)
  • Calling code: 49
  • Currency: Euro (€)

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