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Rhine-Ruhr
 North Rhine-WestphaliaLargest Cities Cologne Düsseldorf Dortmund Essen Duisburg Bochum Wuppertal BonnArea • Metro 7,268 km2 (2,806 sq mi)Highest elevation 494 m (1,621 ft)Lowest elevation 20 m (70 ft)Population (2016) • Metro 10,680,783 • Metro density 1,469/km2 (3,806/sq mi)Time zone CET (UTC+1)GRP 20Nominal €335($445) billion (3rd in EU)Aerial view of CologneAerial view of Düsseldorf, the state capital of North Rhine-WestphaliaAerial view of DortmundAerial view of EssenThe Rhine- Ruhr
Ruhr
metropolitan region (German: Metropolregion Rhein-Ruhr) is the largest metropolitan region in Germany
Germany
with over 10 million inhabitants[1]. It is of polycentric nature and is the largest in Germany. It covers an area of 7,268 square kilometers and lies entirely within the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia
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Metro AG
Metro AG, otherwise known as Metro Group, is a German global diversified retail and wholesale/cash and carry group based in Düsseldorf.[2] It was established in 1964 by Ernst Schmidt and Wilhelm Schmidt-Ruthenbeck. As of 2010[update], it was the fourth-largest retailer in the world measured by revenues (after Wal-Mart, Carrefour
Carrefour
and Tesco).[3]Contents1 History 2 Sales divisions 3 Division of the company 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksHistory[edit] In June 2009, it was reported that the company was looking to purchase some of the assets of Arcandor, after the firm filed for bankruptcy.[citation needed] They split off and floated their Praktiker
Praktiker
division in December 2006, a DIY/home improvement chain with stores in several countries. In 2012, the company threatened Microsoft
Microsoft
with legal action for infringing on "Metro" trademarks held by Metro AG
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Gelsenkirchen
Gelsenkirchen
Gelsenkirchen
(German pronunciation: [ˌɡɛlzn̩ˈkɪʁçn̩] ( listen)) is a city in the North Rhine- Westphalia
Westphalia
state of Germany. It is located in the northern part of the Ruhr
Ruhr
area. Its population in 2015 was c. 260,000. Gelsenkirchen
Gelsenkirchen
was first documented in 1150, but it remained a tiny village until the 19th century, when the Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution
led to the growth of the entire area. In 1840, when the mining of coal began, 6,000 inhabitants lived in Gelsenkirchen; in 1900 the population had increased to 138,000. In the early 20th century, Gelsenkirchen
Gelsenkirchen
was the most important coal mining town in Europe. It was called the "city of a thousand fires" for the flames of mine gases flaring at night
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Hamm
Hamm
Hamm
(German pronunciation: [ˈham] ( listen), Latin: Hammona) is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the northeastern part of the Ruhr area. As of 2016 its population was 179,397. The city is situated between the A1 motorway and A2 motorway
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Ruhr (river)
The Ruhr
Ruhr
is a river in western Germany
Germany
(North Rhine-Westphalia), a right tributary (east-side) of the Rhine. Description and history[edit]The Ruhr
Ruhr
valley near Bochum
Bochum
during a floodThe source of the Ruhr
Ruhr
is near the town of Winterberg
Winterberg
in the mountainous Sauerland
Sauerland
region, at an elevation of approximately 2,200 feet (670 m). It flows into the lower Rhine
Rhine
at an elevation of only 56 feet (17 m) in the municipal area of Duisburg. Its total length is 219 km (136 mi), its average discharge is 79 m³/s (cubic metres per second) at Mülheim
Mülheim
near its mouth
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Oberhausen
Oberhausen
Oberhausen
(German pronunciation: [ˈoːbɐhaʊzn̩] ( listen)) is a city on the river Emscher in the Ruhr Area, Germany, located between Duisburg
Duisburg
and Essen
Essen
(c. 13 km or 8.1 mi). The city hosts the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
Oberhausen
and its Gasometer Oberhausen
Gasometer Oberhausen
is an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.Contents1 History 2 Demographics 3 Gallery 4 International relations4.1 Twin towns – Sister cities5 Notable residents5.1 Born before 1935 5.2 Born after 19356 References 7 External linksHistory[edit] Oberhausen
Oberhausen
was named for its 1847 railway station which had taken its name from the Oberhausen
Oberhausen
Castle (German: Schloss Oberhausen)
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Neuss
Neuss
Neuss
(German pronunciation: [ˈnɔʏs] ( listen); spelled Neuß until 1968; Limburgish: Nüss; Latin: Novaesium) is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the west bank of the Rhine
Rhine
opposing Düsseldorf. Neuss
Neuss
is the largest city within the Rhein-Kreis Neuss
Rhein-Kreis Neuss
district
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Randstad
 North Holland  South Holland  Utrecht  FlevolandLargest cities Amsterdam Rotterdam The Hague UtrechtOther municipalities Almere Haarlem Zaanstad Haarlemmermeer Zoetermeer Leiden Dordrecht Alphen aan den Rijn Westland Delft Alkmaar Purmerend Schiedam Hoorn Vlaardingen GoudaArea[a] • Land 8,287 km2 (3,200 sq mi) • Urban[1] 4,300 km2 (1,700 sq mi)Highest elevation 69 m (226 ft)Lowest elevation −6.76 m (−22.18 ft)Population (2008)[2][b] • Megalopolis 7,100,000 • Urban 6,600,000 • Urban density 1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)Demonym(s) Randstedeling (inhabitant), Randstedelijk (adjective)Website regio-randstad.euThe
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Blue Banana
The Blue Banana
Blue Banana
(French: banane bleue, also known as the European Megalopolis or the Manchester–Milan Axis) is a discontinuous corridor of urbanisation spreading over Western and Central Europe, with a population of around 111 million.[1] The concept was developed in 1989 by RECLUS, a group of French geographers managed by Roger Brunet.[2] It stretches approximately from North West England
North West England
across Greater London to the Benelux
Benelux
states and along the German Rhineland, Southern Germany, Alsace
Alsace
in France
France
in the west and Switzerland
Switzerland
to Northern Italy
Italy
in the south.[3][4]Population density in Europe, showing the highest density along the Blue BananaContents1 History 2 Criticism 3 See also 4 ReferencesHistory[edit]This section does not cite any sources
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Leverkusen
Leverkusen
Leverkusen
(/ˈleɪvərˌkuːzən/; German pronunciation: [ˈleːvɐˌkuːzn̩] ( listen)) is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Germany
on the eastern bank of the Rhine. To the South, Leverkusen
Leverkusen
borders the city of Cologne
Cologne
and to the North is the state capital Düsseldorf. With about 161,000 inhabitants, Leverkusen
Leverkusen
is one of the state's smaller cities. The city is known for the pharmaceutical company Bayer and its associated sports club Bayer
Bayer
04 Leverkusen.Contents1 History 2 Main sights and places of interest 3 Sports 4 International relations 5 Notable people 6 References 7 Sources 8 External linksHistory[edit] The heart of what is now Leverkusen
Leverkusen
was a village called Wiesdorf, which dates back to the 12th century
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Larger Urban Zones
The larger urban zone (LUZ), or Functional Urban Area (FUA), is a measure of the population and expanse of metropolitan areas in Europe and OECD
OECD
countries.[1] It consists of a city and its commuting zone.[2] The definition was introduced in 2004 by Eurostat, the statistical agency of the European Union
European Union
(EU), in agreement with the national statistics offices in the member states.[3][4] Eurostat
Eurostat
data is provided on cities in the EU, its candidate countries and EFTA countries. Several cities were excluded by definition from the 2004 list of LUZs on technical, definitional grounds, such as the coincidence of the metropolitan area with the urban zone.[5][6][7] The LUZ represents an attempt at a harmonised definition of the metropolitan area
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Rhein-Kreis Neuss
Neuss is a Kreis (district) in the west of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Nearby are the urban districts Mönchengladbach, Krefeld, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne, the districts Rhein-Erft-Kreis, Düren, Heinsberg and the district Viersen.Contents1 History 2 Geography 3 Coat of arms 4 Towns and municipalities 5 References 6 External linksHistory[edit] In 1816 the districts Grevenbroich and Neuss were created when the whole area became part of Prussia. The city Neuss left the district in 1913 to become an urban district. In 1929 the two districts were merged into the new district Grevenbroich-Neuss, which was renamed to Grevenbroich in 1946. In 1975 the urban district of Neuss lost its independent status and was merged into the Grevenbroich district, which was renamed to Kreis Neuss to represent the new administrative seat
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German Language
No official regulation ( German orthography
German orthography
regulated by the Council for German Orthography[4]). Language
Language
codesISO 639-1 deISO 639-2 ger (B) deu (T)ISO 639-3 Variously: deu – German gmh&#
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Ratingen
Ratingen
Ratingen
is a town in the district of Mettmann, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, in the northwestern part of Berg - about 12 km northeast of Düsseldorf.Contents1 Administration 2 History 3 Twin towns 4 Notable people 5 References 6 External linksAdministration[edit] With a communal reform of 1975 the independent municipalities of Breitscheid, Eggerscheidt, Hösel, Lintorf (seat Angerland) as well as the local part of Homberg and the municipality of Homberg-Meiersberg (seat Hubbelrath) were added into the city of Ratingen.History[edit] Ratingen
Ratingen
was settled before 849. Since the Middle Ages, the Ratingen area belonged to the count and later dukes of Berg. On December 11, 1276 the settlement received city rights. Ratingen
Ratingen
was one of the four places of Berg which experienced an economic boom in the end of the Middle Ages, but slowed down during the Thirty Years' War
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Gross Regional Product
Gross regional product (GRP) is a monetary measure of the market value of all final goods and services produced in a region or subdivision of a country in a period (quarterly or yearly) of time. A metropolitan area's GRP, i.e. Gross metropolitan product or GMP, is one of several measures of the size of its economy. See also[edit]List of European metropolitan areas by GRP List of Russian federal subjects by GRP List of Indonesian provinces by GRP per capita Gross metropolitan productExternal links[edit]UNSTATS (2010) Gross regional product (GRP): an introductionThis finance-related article is a stub
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UTC+1
UTC+01:00, known simply as UTC+1, is a time offset that adds 1 hour to Coordinated Universal Time
Coordinated Universal Time
(UTC). This time is used in:Central European Time West Africa Time Western European Summer TimeBritish Summer Time Irish Standard TimeRomance Standard Time (Microsoft Windows Control panel) Swatch Internet Time EVE OnlineIn ISO 8601 the associated time would be written as 2018-04-07T11:14:27+01:00.Contents1
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