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Berlin is the capital of Germany and as a city-state a federal state of that country. With 3,664,088 inhabitants. Berlin is also the largest city in the country. In addition, Berlin - measured by population within the city limits - is the largest city in the European Union. The city is located in northeastern Germany, on the river Spree. 22% of Berlin consists of nature and parks and 6% of lakes, rivers and canals. It is enclosed by the state of Brandenburg.
In its history, dating back to the thirteenth century, Berlin was the capital of Prussia (1701–1918), the German Empire (1871–1918), the Weimar Republic (1919–1933) and Nazi Germany (1933–1945). After World War II, Berlin was a divided city for more than forty years, with the eastern part acting as the capital of the GDR and the western part a de facto exclave of West Germany. After German reunification in 1990, Berlin became the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany and the seat of the parliament, the state representation and the head of state.
The economy is mainly based on the high-tech industry and the service sector, which includes a diverse range of creative industries, research facilities and media companies. Berlin also serves as a continental hub for air and rail transport and is a tourist destination. Major industries include electronic commerce, IT, biomedical engineering, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electronics, transportation engineering, and renewable energy.
Berlin is a metropolis and one of the largest cultural, political and scientific centers in Europe. The city is known for its highly developed cultural life (festivals, nightlife, sporting events, museums, art exhibitions, etc.) and its liberal lifestyle and modern Zeitgeist.
Berlin is located in the east of Germany, about 70 kilometers from the border with Poland and is surrounded by the state of Brandenburg. The city is located on the banks of the river Spree, which flows into the Havel near the westernmost district of Spandau. The Havel flows from north to south through West Berlin and largely consists of a chain of connected lakes, including the Tegeler See and the Großer Wannsee. However, the largest lake in Berlin is located on the east side of the city: the Großer Müggelsee with an area of 7.4 km². With an area of 891.82 km², of which 19 percent is forest and 6.7 percent water, Berlin is one of the greenest and most extensive cities in the world. The city is surrounded by dozens of suburbs that have a rural character.