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Schoningen (Lower Saxony)

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.
Schoningen is a city of 13,000 inhabitants in Helmstedt, Lower Saxony, Germany. In its current form, it was created in 1974 by joining the municipalities of Esbeck, Hoiersdorf, and Schoningen. The main industry in Schoningen is open-cast mining of lignite, which is used for electricity generation in the Buschhaus plant. The Buschhaus plant now inhibits three lines of thermal waste treatment. The first historical mentioning of Schoningen was in 748. In the 14th century, Schoningen became a city; at the same time the dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg built a palace here.
In archaeology, Schoningen is famous for seven palaeolithic wooden spears found in an opencast mine near the town. The spears are about 400,000 years old, and are the world's oldest known wooden artifacts. They were found in combination with the remains of about 20 wild horses, whose bones contain numerous butchery marks. With an area of 47,618 square kilometers and nearly eight million inhabitants, Lower Saxony lies in north-western Germany and is second in area and fourth in population among the country's sixteen states of Germany.

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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