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Essen, once one of Germany’s most important coal-mining centers, has reinvented itself, and as a result, the city has been named Europe’s green capital of the year for 2017 by the European Commission. Located in Northwest Germany, Essen was an industrial center and the underground coal-mining capital of the region. The last coal mine closed in the 1980s, and in the three decades since, leaders have transformed the city into a services and financial center.

– via the Daily Planet


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