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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.
Ratingen is a town in the district of Mettmann, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, in the northwestern part of Berg about 12 kilometers northeast of Dusseldorf. With a communal reform of 1975 the independent municipalities of Breitscheid, Eggerscheidt, Hosel, Lintorf as well as the local part of Homberg and the municipality of Homberg-Meiersberg were added into the city of Ratingen. Its population is 92,897 in 2005 with population density 1,047 per square kilometers. Ratingen was settled before 849. Since the middle ages, the Ratingen area belonged to the count and later dukes of Berg.
At the beginning of the Industrial Age, the first manufacturing plants opened in 1783. In Cromford the first mechanical spinnery of Europe opened, which grew into the Textilfabrik Cromford, now part of the Rheinisches Industriemuseum. In the communal re-organization of 1929, Ratingen maintained its independence. After relatively small war damage, Ratingen in the 1960s and the 1970s experienced years the growth and development. Several important international enterprises as Vodafone, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Tiptel and Esprit maintain branches and main centers in Ratingen. In 1970, before further incorporations the number of inhabitants surpassed 50,000.
It can also be considered as the preeminent, historical and potential tourism destination that enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers to become one of the most visited places.

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