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156 | 157 WAY OF LIFE into a real magnet and is currently setting themselves as vegetarians; 900,000 said one visitor record after another. In the they live a vegan lifestyle. Gourmets, how- European rankings for the absolute number ever, do not miss out. This is thanks to the of overnight stays, Berlin, with its 3.4 mil- 282 restaurants in Germany with one or lion inhabitants, places third behind Lon- more stars in the 2015 Guide Michelin – the don and Paris. number of them has risen by 25 percent since 2010. At the same time, however, this longing for urban life contrasts with a strong call for things regional – in particular when it comes to what Germans eat. The organic food industry is firmly established in German agriculture, generating sales of organic products worth 7.6 billion euros annually. Indeed, 23,500 organic farms, 8 percent of agricultural enterprises, cultivate 6.3 percent of agricultural land. The organic products are supported by certifications (around 70,400 products boast the German state organic seal), extensive consumer protection laws, and comprehensive marking obligations. In 2014, 7.75 million people in Germany, Austria and Switzerland referred to INTERNET Destatis Data, facts and official statistical studies, compiled by the German Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden → destatis.de OECD Comparison of the material living conditions and the quality of life in 34 countries based on the Better Life Index of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) → oecdbetterlifeindex.org Frankfurt am Main, home to the European Central Bank (ECB), is the only major German city to boast a skyline