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Leipzig ( / ˈ l aɪ p s ɪ ɡ / ; German: [ˈlaɪptsɪç] ( listen ) ) is the largest city in the federal state of Saxony , Germany. With a population of 582,277 inhabitants  (1.1 million  residents in the larger urban zone )  it is Germany's tenth most populous city.   Leipzig is located about 160 kilometres (99 mi) southwest of Berlin at the confluence of the White Elster , Pleisse , and Parthe rivers at the southern end of the North German Plain.
Leipzig has been a trade city since at least the time of the Holy Roman Empire.  The city sits at the intersection of the Via Regia and Via Imperii , two important medieval trade routes. Leipzig was once one of the major European centers of learning and culture in fields such as music and publishing.  Leipzig became a major urban center within the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) after the Second World War, but its cultural and economic importance declined. 
Leipzig is derived from the Slavic word Lipsk , which means "settlement where the linden trees (British English: lime trees; U.S. English: basswood trees) stand".  An older spelling of the name in English is Leipsic. The Latin name Lipsia was also used.  The name is cognate with Lipetsk in Russia and Liepāja in Latvia.