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NameFree State of Bavaria
German NameFreistaat Bayern
State CoaCoat of arms of Bavaria.svg
Coa Size110
FlagFlag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg
Flag LinkFlag of Bavaria
Pop Date2010-11
GDP Year2009
GDP Per Capita33,200
GDP Per Capita Year2006
PPP Per Capita32,200
PPP Per Capita Year2006
GDP Percent18
LeaderHorst Seehofer
Leader PartyCSU|Christian_Social_Union_of_Bavaria
Ruling Party1CSU
Ruling Party2FDP
Iso RegionDE-BY
DateNovember 2010

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Bavaria, formally the Free State of Bavaria ( , -deˈfʁaɪʃtaːt ˈbaɪ.ɐnpronFreistaat Bayern is a state of Germany, located in the southeast of Germany. With an area of 70548 km2 (27238.7 sqmi), it is the largest state by area, forming almost 20% of the total land area of Germany. Bavaria is Germany's second most populous state (after North Rhine-Westphalia) with almost 12.5 million inhabitants, more than any of the three sovereign states on its borders. Bavaria's capital is Munich.

One of the oldest states of Europe, it was established as a duchy in the mid first millennium. In the 17th century, the Duke of Bavaria became a Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire. The Kingdom of Bavaria existed from 1806 to 1918, and Bavaria has since been a free state (republic). Modern Bavaria also includes parts of the historical regions of Franconia and Swabia.

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