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The Free State o Thuringie (German: Freistaat Thüringen, pronounced [ˈfʁaɪʃtaːt ˈtyːʁɪŋən], Inglis /θjʊərˈrɪniə/) is a state o Germany, locatit in the central pairt o the kintra. It haes an aurie o 16,171 square kilometres (6,244 sq mi) an 2.29 million inhabitants, makkin it the saxt smawest bi aurie and the fifth smallest by population of Germany's sixteen states. Maist o Thuringie is athin the watershed o the Saale, a left tributary o the Elbe. Its caipital is Erfurt.

Free State o Thuringie
Freistaat Thüringen
State o Germany
Banner o Free State o Thuringie
Coat o airms o Free State o Thuringie
Coat o airms
Deutschland Lage von Thüringen.svg
Coordinates: 50°51′40″N 11°3′7″E / 50.86111°N 11.05194°E / 50.86111; 11.05194
Kintra Germany
Caipital Erfurt
 • Meenister-Preses (CDU)
 • Govrening pairties CDU / SPD
 • Bundesrat votes 4 (o 69)
 • Tot 16,171 km2 (6,244 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Tot 2,170,714
 • Density 130/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Simmer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code DE-TH
GDP/ Nominal €49.87 billion (2010)[citation needit]
Erfurt, caipital o Thuringie.

Thuringia haes been kent bi the nickname o "the green hert o Germany" (das grüne Herz Deutschlands) frae the late 19t century,[3] due tae the dense forest that covers the terrain.

Thuringia is well kent in Germany for natur an winter sports. It is hame tae the Rennsteig, Germany's maist famous hikin trail, an the winter resort o Oberhof. Germany wan mair Winter Oleempics gowd medals than ony ither kintra in the last 20 years, an hauf o Germany's gowd medals hae been wan bi Thuringie athletes.[4]


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