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Munich should be listed as München  XML
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gklauda



Joined: 21/02/2018 19:48:50
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In cities15000.zip (and the other cities files) the entry for:

2867714 Munich

should be:

2867714 München

as this is the original German name.

Compare:

2867543 Münster

which is listed correctly.
marc



Joined: 08/12/2005 07:39:47
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The main name is normally an international/English name.
For Munich the English name is well known, the local German name is found in the alternatenames table.

Marc

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gklauda



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That is really inconsistent, because Cologne is listed as Köln and not as Cologne, and so are all other German cities, like Münster and so on.

Also, most people who search for Cologne and Munich in the database are German. They won't be able to find their city in their native language!

The other databases like the zipcode database also list Munich as München and not as Munich.

München is the third largest city in Germany, Köln the fourth largest. So this is really not a side question.
 
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