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Germany is located in Central Europe and it shares borders with Denmark in the North, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France in the West, Austria and Switzerland in the South and Poland and the Czech Republic in the East. The North Sea and the Baltic Sea represent additional National Borders in the North. The official language of Germany is German and Berlin is the capital. The climate is quite pleasant with almost all variety of seasonal flavors as temperate, marine, cool, cloudy, wet winters and summers, occasional warm, tropical foehn wind and high relative humidity.
Germany is divided into 16 states which are further subdivided into 439 districts and cities. Germany is one of the largest European economy and the third largest economy in the world in real terms, placed behind the United States and Japan, and fifth behind the United States, China, India and Japan counted by purchasing power parity.
Hagen is the 37th largest city in Germany, situated in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In this place the rivers Lenne, Volme and Ennepe meet the river Ruhr. The population of the city is 200,000. Hagen was first mentioned in 1200 and the growth of the city began in the 19th century with the production of steel and the mining of coal in the Ruhr Area. The city has the only German Open University, with about 56,000 students and is the largest university in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The city’s main attraction is the Westphalian Open-Air Museum, a collection of historic industrial facilities where trades like brewing, printing, milling, smithing and many others are represented not simply as static displays, but as living, working operations that visitors may in some cases even be invited to contribute in. This historical center contains the Museum of the City and the Werdringen castle as well.

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