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Munich

German location
NameMunich
German nameMünchen
Administration
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionUpper Bavaria
Districturban
BrgermeisterChristian Ude
PartySPD
Governing partySPD
Basic statistics
Area (km2)310.43
Elevation (m)519
Population1356597
Pop. Urban2606021
Other information
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plateM
Postal code80331 81929
Area code089

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Munich (c-eniconˈmjuːnɪk; ( , -deˈmʏnçənpronDe-München is the capital city of Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, behind Berlin and Hamburg. About 1.35 million people live within the city limits. Munich hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics.

The city's motto is " " (Munich likes you). Before 2006, it was "Weltstadt mit Herz" (Cosmopolitan city with a heart). Its native name, , is derived from the Old High German Munichen, meaning "by the monks' place". The city's name derives from the monks of the Benedictine order who founded the city; hence the monk depicted on the city's coat of arms. Black and gold-the colours of the Holy Roman Empire-have been the city's official colours since the time of Ludwig the Bavarian.

Munich is not the only location within Bavaria known as "München". Three such locations exist: one that is known as "Munich", another that is located northeast of the city of Nuremberg, and a third, Hutthurm, that is located north of Passau.

Modern Munich is a financial and publishing hub, and a frequently top-ranked destination for migration and expatriate location in livability rankings. Munich achieved 7th place in frequently quoted Mercer livability rankings in 2010. For economic and social innovation, the city was ranked 15th globally out of 289 cities in 2010, and 5th in Germany by the 2thinknow Innovation Cities Index based on analysis of 162 indicators. In 2010, Monocle ranked Munich as the world's most livable city.


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