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Hanover (/’[email protected]/, –[email protected]/ German: Hannover [ha’no:fa] Listen; Low German: Hannober), is the capital and the largest city in the German state Lower Saxony. With 534,049 inhabitants (2020), it is the 13th largest city in Germany and the third-largest in Northern Germany, after Bremen and Hamburg. The urban area of Hanover includes the towns of Garbsen Langenhagen, Laatzen, and has an estimated population of 791,000 (2018).  Hanover Region is home to approximately 1.16 Million people (2019). 
The city lies at the confluence of the River Leine and its tributary the Ihme, in the south of the North German Plain, and is the largest city in the Hannover-Braunschweig-Gottingen-Wolfsburg Metropolitan Region. After Bremen, Dortmund, Essen, and Hamburg, it is the fifth-largest Low German dialect city.
Hanover was Lower Saxony's capital before 1946. It was also the capital of the Principality of Calenberg (1636-1692), Electorate of Hanover (1692-1814), Kingdom of Hanover (1844-666), Kingdom of Hanover (1814-1866), Province of Hanover of Kingdom of Prussia (1868-1918), Province of Hanover of Free State of Prussia (1918-1946), and State of Hanover (1946). Hanover was, from 1714 to 1837, the family seat and residence of the Hanoverian Kings in the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland under the title of the dukes de Brunswick-Luneburg (later called the Elector Of Hanover).