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Köln
Cologne
View of Cologne from the Helios Lighthouse
View of Cologne from the Helios Lighthouse
Flag of Cologne
Coat o airms o Cologne
Cologne is located in Germany
Cologne
Cologne
Coordinates 50°57′N 6°58′E / 50.950°N 6.967°E / 50.950; 6.967
Admeenistration
Kintra Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalie
Admin. region Cologne
Destrict Urban district
Lord Mayor Jürgen Roters (SPD)
Basic statistics
Aurie 405.15 km2 (156.43 sq mi)
Elevation 37 m  (121 ft)
Population 1,024,373 (31 Dizember 2012)[1]
 - Density 2,528 /km2 (6,548 /sq mi)
Foondit 38 BC
Ither information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate K
Postal codes 50441–51149
Aurie codes 0221, 02203 (Porz)
Wabsteid www.stadt-koeln.de

Cologne (German: Köln, pronounced [kœln] ( listen); Kölsch dialect: Kölle [ˈkœɫə]) is Germany's fowert-lairgest ceety (efter Berlin, Hamburg an Munich), an is the lairgest ceety baith in the German Federal State o North Rhine-Westphalie an athin the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Aurie, ane o the major European metropolitan auries wi mair than ane million inhabitants. It is ane o the auldest ceeties in Germany, haein been foondit bi the Ubii in the year 38 BC. The name is derived frae that o the Roman settlement, Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium.

Cologne lies on the River Rhine. The ceety's famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat o the Catholic Archbishop o Cologne. The University o Cologne (Universität zu Köln) is ane o Europe's auldest universities.

Cologne is a major cultural center o the Rhineland an haes a vibrant airts scene. Cologne is hame tae mair than 30 museums an hunders o galleries. Exhibitions range frae local ancient Roman archeological sites tae contemporary graphics an sculpture. The Cologne Trade Fair hosts a number o trade shows such as Airt Cologne, imm Cologne Internaitional Furniture Fair an the Photokina. Cologne is an aa well-kent for its celebration o Cologne Carnival, the annual reggae summerjam, an Cologne Gay Pride.

Athin Germany, Cologne is kent as an important media center. Several radio an television stations, includin Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), RTL an VOX, hae their heidquarters in the ceety. Baith Pro7 an Sat.1 produce TV shows in Cologne as well. Further, the ceety hosts the Cologne Comedy Festival, which is considered tae be the lairgest comedy festival in mainland Europe.[2]

Twin touns — sister ceeties[eedit | eedit soorce]

Cologne is "twinned" wi the follaein ceeties:[3]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

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  2. "Cologne Comedy Festival website". Koeln-comedy.de. 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  3. "Partnerstädte". Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  4. "Lile Facts & Figures". Mairie-Lille.fr. Retrieved 2007-12-17. [deid airtin]
  5. "Kyoto City Web / Data Box / Sister Cities". www.city.kyoto.jp. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  6. "Barcelona internacional - Ciutats agermanades" (in Spanish). © 2006-2009 Ajuntament de Barcelona. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  7. "Sister Cities". Beijing Municipal Government. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  8. "Twinning Cities". City of Thessaloniki. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  9. "Bethlehem Municipality". www.bethlehem-city.org. Retrieved 2009-10-10.