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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.
Leipzig is the largest city in the federal state of Saxony in Germany with a population of 502,000 inhabitants. The name is derived from the Slavic word Lipsk, which means settlement where the linden trees stand. First documented in 1015 and endowed with city and market privileges in 1165, the city of Leipzig has fundamentally shaped the history of Saxony and of Germany. Leipzig has always been known as a place of commerce. The Leipzig Trade Fair, which began in the middle ages, became an event of international importance and especially as a point of contact to the East-European economic bloc of which East Germany was a member.
Leipzig University, founded 1409, is one of Europe's oldest universities. The foundation of the University of Leipzig in 1409 initiated the city's development into a center of German law and the publishing industry, and towards being a location of the Reichsgericht that is the Supreme Court and the German National Library. Johann Sebastian Bach worked in Leipzig from 1723 to 1750, at the Saint Thomas Lutheran church and Richard Wagner, the composer, was born in Leipzig in 1813. Leipzig expanded rapidly towards one million inhabitants. Huge Grunderzeit areas were built, which survived, for the greater part, the War and after war demolitions. Nowadays these areas are unique in modern Germany. Leipzig is situated at a junction of important north-to-south and west-to-east railway lines. In the vicinity of the city are two airports: Leipzig-Halle Airport and Altenburg-Nobitz Airport.
Leipzig is also said to be as one of the best geographical environment and can trace its origins back to prehistoric times. This is evident from the archaeological sites found throughout the Leipzig town. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and pursue enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace.

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