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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.
Schwedt is a city in Brandenburg, which is one of Germany's sixteen Bundeslander or federal states. It lies in the east of the country as it is one of the new states created in 1990 upon the reunification of the former West Germany and East Germany. Schwedt is the largest city of the district Uckermark near the Oder River at the border to Poland. Schwedt is an industrial city at the edge of the Lower Oder Valley. The Lower Oder Valley is a National park at the Polish border.
Schwedt has one of the largest oil refineries, PCK, PetrolChemisches Kombinat, Raffinerie GmbH, Gesellschaft mit Beschrankter Haftung, which is German for, limited liability Company, of Germany and is the largest location of paper industry in Germany. Schwedt city had a population 37,719 residents living within an area of 200.11 square kilometers, as of 2005, and had a population density of 188 residents per square kilometer. Schewdt consists of the towns of Blumenhagen, Kunow, Criewen, Heinersdorf, Hohenfelde, Kummerow, Gatow, Stendell, former city Vierraden and Zutzen.
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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