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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.
Stade is a municipality in Lower Saxony, Germany and is the seat of the district named after it. It was founded in 994. As of 2001, its population was 45,152. It includes the larger villages of Butzfleth, Hagen and Haddorf, which have sub-villages. In medieval times, Stade was an important member of the Hanseatic League, but was later eclipsed by Hamburg.
In past decades, Stade has benefited significantly from the presence of chemical and aerospace industry at the Elbe River, such as Dow Chemical and Deutsche Airbus. There is a nuclear power plant at the Elbe River, which was connected to the power grid in 1972, making it Germany's second oldest reactor. In 2007, a metropolitan rail line will be extended from Hamburg to Stade. Trains departing Stade every 20 minutes will reach central Hamburg in less than an hour. The new transit connection can be expected to raise the city's attractiveness for travelers as well as businesses. It is a city with endless recreational opportunities, rich history, and modern day luxuries.

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