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01 Jul 2004
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Athens 2004 Torch Relay: Munich, Berlin, Stockholm, Helsinki

The Olympic flame, which last visited Munich, host city for the 1972 Summer Olympic Games, during the height of the Cold War, returned on 29 June to celebrate the vitality of this city and its role in bringing forth continued progress in the unified Germany.

30 June - Berlin
On 30 June, Berlin, host of the 1936 Summer Olympic Games, witnessed the return of the Relay. The Olympic flame, which celebrates the values of peace and brotherhood among humankind, returned to honour a changed Berlin - one that has emerged from the ravages of war as a shining beacon of progress and democratic ideals.

Stockholm, Helsinki
The sacred Olympic flame will be in Stockholm, Sweden, host of the 1912 Summer Olympic Games, on 1 July and in Helsinki, Finland, on 2 July.

Across the globe
The Olympic flame began its journey from Olympia and, after having travelled across the globe, will return to the Athens Olympic Stadium on 13 August, where it will signal the beginning of the great celebration of the 2004 Olympic Games.

78 days, 78,000 km, 3,600 torchbearers
The total journey will last some 78 days. Outside Greece the flame will travel for 35 days, covering a distance of approximately 78,000 km, 1,500 of which will be in the hands of 3,600 torchbearers. A total of 260 million people will have the opportunity to see the flame in their city.

Relay of all cultures
The Greek Olympic Torch Relay is the Relay of all cultures. The Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay embraces all cultures and all five continents symbolised by the five Olympic rings; its light will remind the world of the Olympic ideals, and make concrete concepts such as participation, fraternity and peace.

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