is a nation in Central . Its official name is the Republic of .

It is 's second-most populated after , and the 's most populous member .

is located between the Baltic and North Seas to the north and the Alps to the south, and it has a total area of 357,022 square kilometers (137,847 sq mi).

It is bounded to the north by , to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, and to the west by , Luxembourg, Belgium, and the .

The nation's and largest is Berlin, and its hub is Frankfurt; the Ruhr is the 's largest .

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