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  • Munich ɐ]) is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps

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  • Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, and the 12th biggest city of the European Union, with a population of above 1
  • 5 million
  • The Munich Metropolitan Region is home to 5
  • 8 million people
  • The city is a major centre of art, advanced technologies, finance, publishing, culture, innovation, education, business, and tourism in Germany and Europe and enjoys a very high standard and quality of living, reaching #1 in Germany and #4 worldwide according to the 2015 Mercer survey
  • According to the Globalization and World Rankings Research Institute Munich is considered an alpha-world city, as of 2015
  • The name of the city is derived from the Old/Middle High German term Munichen, meaning "by the monks"
  • It derives from the monks of the Benedictine order who ran a monastery at the place that was later to become the Old Town of Munich; hence the monk depicted on the city's coat of arms
  • Munich was first mentioned in 1158
  • From 1255 the city was seat of the Bavarian Dukes

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