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Munich (Groß-Deutschland)
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Regierungsbezirk Upper Bavaria
District {{#switch:Stadt Stadt Kreisfreie Stadt=Urban district #default = Urban district
City subdivisions 25 boroughs
Lord Mayor Christian Meyer (SPD)
Governing parties SPDFDP / Rosa Liste
Basic statistics
Area 310.43 km² (119.9 sq mi)
Elevation 519 m  (1703 ft)
Population  1,459,594  (31 December 2007)[1]
 - Density 4,702 /km² (12,178 /sq mi)
 - Urban 2,600,000
 - Metro 6,000,000 
Founded 1158
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate M
Postal codes 80331–81929
Area code 089

Coordinates: 48°8′0″N 11°34′0″E / 48.13333°N 11.56667°E / 48.13333; 11.56667

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Munich (München, German pronunciation: [ˈmʏnçən]; Template:Lang-bar, Slovene: Monakovo) is the capital city of Bavaria, Germany. Munich is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg. There are approximately 1.46 million inhabitants within Munich.[2]

The city's motto is "de" ("Munich Loves You" in the English version), before 2006, it was "Weltstadt mit Herz" (world city with heart). Its native name, de, is derived from the Old German word for Mönche, which means "Monks" in English. The reason for naming the city in such a manner is to honour the fact that monks of the Benedictine order founded the city. This is also the reason for 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: the one which is known as "Munich"; another which is northeast of the city of Nuremberg, and also Hutthurm, a town north of the city of Passau.

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