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Cologne (German: Köln), is Germany's fourth-largest city after
Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, and is the largest city both in
the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within
the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European
metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants. It
is one of the oldest cities in Germany, having been founded by
the Romans in the year 38 BC. Cologne was granted the status
of a Roman "city" in the year 50 AD.
Cologne lies on the River Rhine. The city's famous Cologne
Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat of the Roman Catholic
Archbishop of Cologne. The University of Cologne (Universität
zu Köln) is one of Europe's oldest universities.
Cologne is a major cultural center of the Rhineland and has a
vibrant arts scene. Cologne is home to more than 30 museums
and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions range from local
ancient Roman archeological sites to contemporary graphics and
sculpture. The city's Trade Fair Grounds are host to a number
of trade shows such as the Art Cologne Fair, the International
Furniture Fair (IMM) and the Photokina. Cologne is also
well-known for its celebration of Cologne Carnival, the annual
reggae summer-jam, the largest of its kind in Europe, and the
LGBT festival Christopher Street Day (CSD).
Within Germany, Cologne is known as an important media center.
Several radio and television stations, including Westdeutscher
Rundfunk (WDR), RTL and VOX (TV channel), are based in the
city. The city also hosts the Cologne Comedy Festival, which
is considered to be the largest comedy festival in mainland
Europe. In 2005 Cologne hosted the 20th Roman Catholic World
Youth Day with Pope Benedict XVI. It was one of the
largest-ever meetings, with over a million participants.
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Hanover (German: Hannover) on the river Leine, is the capital
of the federal state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
and was once by personal union the family seat of the
Hanoverian Kings of Great Britain, in their dignities as the
dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg (which title was later called the
Elector of Hanover at the end of the historical period known
as Early Modern Europe). After the Napoleonic Wars ended, the
Electorate was enlarged and made into the capital of the
Kingdom of Hanover.
In addition to being the capital of Lower Saxony, Hanover was
the capital of the administrative area Regierungsbezirk
Hannover (Hanover region) until Lower Saxony's administrative
regions were disbanded at the beginning of 2005. It is,
however, still part of the Hanover district (Region Hannover),
which is a municipal body made up from the former district and
city of Hanover.
With a population of 522,944 (1 February 2007) the city is a
major center of northern Germany, known for hosting annual
commercial expositions such as the Hanover Fair and the CeBIT.
Every year Hanover hosts the Schützenfest Hannover, the
world's largest Marksmen's Fun Fair, and the Oktoberfest
Hannover, which is the second largest Oktoberfest in the
world. In 2000, Hanover hosted the world fair Expo 2000. The
Hanover fairground, due to numerous extensions especially for
the Expo 2000, is the largest in the world. Hanover also has
regional importance because of its universities and medical
school, its international airport, and its large zoo.
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Vienna (German: Wien) is the capital of Austria, and is also
one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary
city; with a population of about 1.7 million (2.3 million
within the metropolitan area), it is by far the largest city
in Austria as well as its cultural, economic, and political
center. It is the 10th largest city by population in the
European Union and was listed by Mercer Human Resource
Consulting as having the 2nd highest quality of living (as of
Vienna is host to many major international organizations such
as the United Nations and OPEC. Vienna lies in the very east
of Austria and is close to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and
Hungary. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO
World Heritage Site and an Economist Intelligence Unit study
of 127 world cities ranked it first equal with Vancouver for
the quality of life.
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Graz "little castle", with a population of around 290,000 as
of 2008 (of which 252,852 have principal residence status), is
the second-largest city in Austria after Vienna and the
capital of the federal state of Styria. The city is situated
on the Mur river, in the south east of Austria. It is
approximately 200 km southwest of Vienna or 2.5 hours by train
/ 2 hours by car. The nearest larger urban center is Maribor
in Slovenia which is about 50 km away. Graz is the capital and
largest city in Styria.
Graz has a long tradition as a students' city: its 6 Universities have over 44,000 students. Graz's "Old Town" is
one of the best-preserved city centers in Central Europe. In
1999, it was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural
Heritage Sites. Graz was sole Cultural Capital of Europe for
Coming to Graz is the beginning of a new friendship. There is
an immediate sense of familiarity and the alleys and squares,
impressive buildings, museums and galleries make you want to
find out more about this city at the crossroads of cultures.
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Innsbruck is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol in
western Austria. It is located in the Inn Valley at the
junction with the Wipptal (Sill River), which provides access
to the Brenner Pass, some 30 km south of Innsbruck. Located in
the broad valley between high mountains, the Nordkette (Hafelekar,
2,334 m) in the north, Patscherkofel (2,246 m) and Serles
(2,718 m) in the south, it is an internationally renowned
winter sports centre, and hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter
Olympics. The word bruck comes from the German word Brücke
meaning "bridge" which leads to "the bridge over the Inn".
Innsbruck is a famous University city. Also it is the cultural
and economic center of western Austria and is one of the most
famous and substantial tourist centers, with more than a
million overnight stays.
In Innsbruck there are 78,000 employees and about 8,000
places of work. About 35,000 people shuttle every day into
Innsbruck. Tourism is the most important source of income for
the city authority, largely because of Innsbruck's beautiful
town centre with its historic buildings, the friendly ambience
extensive sport facilities both in winter and in summer.
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Hamilton (2006 population 504,559; UA population
647,634; CMA population 692,911) is a port city in the
Canadian province of Ontario. Conceived by George Hamilton
when he purchased the Durand farm shortly after the War of
1812, Hamilton has become the centre of a densely populated
and industrialized region at the west end of Lake Ontario
known as the Golden Horseshoe. On January 1, 2001 the new City
of Hamilton was formed through amalgamation of the former City
with the constituent towns of the Hamilton-Wentworth Regional
Municipality. Residents of the city are known as Hamiltonians.
Since 1981, the metropolitan area has been listed as the ninth
largest in Canada and the third largest in Ontario.
Traditionally, the local economy has been led by the steel and
heavy manufacturing industries. Within the last decade, there
has been a shift towards the service sector, particularly
health sciences. The Hamilton Health Sciences corporation
employs nearly 10,000 staff and serves approximately 2.2
million people in the region.
Hamilton is home to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Canadian
Warplane Heritage Museum, the Bruce Trail, McMaster University
and several colleges. The Canadian Football Hall of Fame can
be found downtown right beside Hamilton City Hall and across
town to the east, the Canadian Football League's Hamilton
Tiger-Cats play at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Partly because of its
diverse locations, numerous TV and film productions have been
filmed in Hamilton, regulated by the Hamilton Film and
A growing arts and culture sector garnered media attention in
a 2006 Globe and Mail news article, entitled "Go West, Young
Artist," which focused on the growing art scene in Hamilton.
The article highlighted local art galleries, recording studios
and independent film production.
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Gdańsk is the city at the center of the fourth-largest
metropolitan area in Poland. It is Poland's principal seaport
as well as the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. It is
also historically the largest city of the Kashubian region.
The city lies on the southern edge of Gdańsk Bay (of the
Baltic Sea), in a conurbation with the spa town of Sopot, the
city of Gdynia and suburban communities, which together form a
metropolitan area called the Tricity (Trójmiasto), with a
population of over 800,000. Gdańsk itself has a population of
458,053 (2006), making it the largest city in the Pomerania
region of Northern Poland.
Gdańsk is situated at the mouth of the Motława River,
connected to the Leniwka, a branch in the delta of the nearby
Vistula River, whose waterway system waters 60% of the area of
Poland and connects Gdańsk to the national capital in Warsaw.
This gives the city a unique advantage as the center of
Poland's sea trade. Together with the nearby port of Gdynia,
Gdańsk is also an important industrial center. Historically an
important seaport and shipbuilding center, Gdańsk was a member
of the Hanseatic League.
The city was the birthplace of the Solidarity movement which,
under the leadership of Gdańsk political activist Lech Wałęsa,
played a major role in bringing an end to communist rule
across Central Europe.
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Iaşi is a city and municipality in north-eastern Romania. The
city was the capital of Moldavia from the 16th century until
1861 and of Romania (Romanian Kingdom) between 1916–1918
during World War I.
The city of Iaşi lies on the Bahlui River, a tributary of the
Jijia (tributary of the Prut). The surrounding country is one
of uplands and woods, featuring the monasteries of Cetăţuia,
Frumoasa, Galata (with nearby mineral springs), and the
dendrologic park of Repedea. Iaşi itself stands amid vineyards
and gardens, partly on two hills, partly in the in-between
valley. It is a common belief that Iaşi is built on seven
hills (coline in Romanian): Cetăţuia, Galata, Copou- Aurora,
Bucium-Păun, Şorogari, Repedea and Breazu, thus triggering
comparisons with Rome, la città dei sette colli (The city of
the seven hills). The city is a metropolitan area, expanding
its territory with 10 other communities surrounding the city.
The second largest Romanian city, Iaşi is the economic,
cultural and academic centre of the Romanian region of
Moldavia. The city has the oldest Romanian university and
accommodates an annual count of over 60,000 students in 5
public and 3 private universities. It is home to more than 50
churches and hosts 5 cultural centres: British, French,
German, Latin American & Caribbean and Hellenic. Cultural life
gravitates around the National Theater (the oldest in
Romania), the Opera House, the Iaşi State Philarmonic, the
Tătăraşi Atheneum, a famous Botanical Garden (the oldest and
largest in Romania), the Central University Library (the
oldest in Romania), an array of museums and memorial houses,
an independent theater and several student organizations.
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Wenzhou is a prefecture-level city in southeastern Zhejiang
province of the People's Republic of China. It has a
population of 7,645,700 in 2007, with 1,423,600 residents in
the urban area of the city. It also administers 2 satellite
cities and 6 counties. It borders Lishui to the west, Taizhou
to the north, and looks out to the East China Sea to the east.
Wenzhou derives the present name from its mild climate. Known
as "Ou" in ancient times, it was the capital of the Kingdom of
East Ou in192BC.In138 it began as Yongning County and in 323
developed into Yongjia Prefecture. It was also called" the
City of White Deer" because, according to the legend, when the
city was rebuilt a white deer passed round it holding a flower
in the mouth, which implies good fortune. In 675 it began to
be named Wenzhou and continues to be so called up to now.
Facing the sea with hills behind, Wenzhou has long been
reputed as "a land having the finest scenery in the world". It
boasts wonderful landscapes with numerous grotesque mountains
and graceful waters, ranging from the state-designated scenic
areas e.g. the Yandang Mountain and the Nanxi River, the
state- designated natural protected areas e.g. the Wuyanling
Ridge and the Nanji Islands and the 9 provincial-designated
scenic areas the Xianyan Cliff, the Yaoxi Stream, the Zeya
Mountain,the Binghai-Yucang Mountain, the Dongtou Island, the
Zhailiaoxi Stream and the Baizhangji Waterfall to the 10-odd
municipal and county-designated scenic areas,such as the
Chashan Mountain, the Mingang Ridge and the Tianzhu Temple.
Wenzhou was a prosperous foreign treaty port, which remains
well-preserved today. It is situated in a very mountainous
region and, as a result, have been isolated for most of its
history from the rest of the country, making the local culture
and language very different from those of neighboring areas.
It is also known for its emigrants who leave their native land
for Europe and the United States, with a reputation for being
enterprising natives who start restaurants, retail and
wholesale businesses in their countries.
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