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The finds included 42,000-year-old bird bone and mammoth ivory flutes which are the oldest musical instruments ever found, The Germanic tribes are thought to date from the Nordic Bronze Age or the Pre-Roman Iron Age.
From southern Scandinavia and north Germany, they expanded south, east and west from the 1st century BC, coming into contact with the Celtic tribes of Gaul as well as Iranian, Baltic, and Slavic tribes in Central and Eastern Europe. In 9 AD, three Roman legions led by Varus were defeated by the Cheruscan leader Arminius.
Germany's largest urban area is the Ruhr, with its main centres of Dortmund and Essen.
The country's other major cities are Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Bremen, Dresden, Hanover, and Nuremberg.
As a highly developed country with a very high standard of living, it upholds a social security and universal health care system, environmental protection, and a tuition-free university education.
The Federal Republic of Germany was a founding member of the European Economic Community in 1957 and the European Union in 1993.
Various Germanic tribes have inhabited the northern parts of modern Germany since classical antiquity.
A region named Germania was documented before AD 100.
Germany is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the G7, the G20, and the OECD.It is a great power with a strong economy; it has the world's fourth-largest economy by nominal GDP, and the fifth-largest by PPP.As a global leader in several industrial and technological sectors, it is both the world's third-largest exporter and importer of goods.After the end of World War II in Europe and a period of Allied occupation, Austria was re-established as an independent country and two new German states were founded: West Germany, formed from the American, British, and French occupation zones, and East Germany, formed from the Soviet occupation zone.About a quarter of Germany's pre-war territory was annexed by Poland and the Soviet Union leading to the expulsion of Germans.