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Germany or the Federal Republic of Germany is located in Central Europe with Berlin as its capital city. The German language was once the lingua franca of central, eastern and northern Europe. It is a member state of the United Nations, NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the G8, Group of 8, and the G4, Group of 4, nations, and is a founding member of the European Union. It is the European Union's most populous and most economically powerful member state. Germany is one of the largest European economies and the third largest economy in the world in real terms.
Hamm is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, which in terms of population and economic output, is the largest Federal State of Germany. It is located on the Lippe River, northeast of the Ruhr area. As of December 2003, it had a population was 184,961.
The town was founded in 1226 by Count Adolf I of the Mark. The name Hamm means corner, in the old Low German dialect that was spoken in that time. This name may have been given due to the location of Hamm in the corner of the Lippe River and the narrow Ahse affluent. In 1469, Hamm became a member of the Hanseatic League. It was one of the most powerful towns in the region, while the large cities of the today's Ruhr area were only tiny villages. In the 19th century coal mining and steel production became important in Hamm, just as in the adjoining Ruhr area.
The parts of town region are Hamm-Mitte, Herringen, Uentrop, Rhynern, Pelkum, Bockum-Hovel and Heessen. Hamm is better known for the largest Hindu temple of Europe, the Sri Kamadchi temple, which was completed in 2002. Hamm is currently twinned with Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
Tourism in Germany has expanded since the end of World War II, and many tourists visit Germany to experience a sense of European history. The countryside exhibits a pastoral aura, while its cities exhibit both a modern and classical feel.

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