Germany

What do you know about Germany? What do you know about Germans? What is typically German for you?

What do you know about German Christmas traditions?

Do you think of brezels and dirndl, of Oktoberfest and lots of beer? That is right but that is only a very small part of it and there is much more to discover in Germany.

Test your knowledge about Germany with my short Germany-Test.

Interesting places to visit in Germany. And interesting books from German authors to read.

Mark Twain was really in love with the German language and you can find lots of funny quotes of him like: "It is easier for a cannibal to enter the Kingdom of Heaven through the eye of a rich man's needle that it is for any other foreigner to read the terrible German script."
- photo autographed to Ed. Potzl, 2/1898; Notebook, 1898

Facts and Figures about Germany

Location: country in the heart of Europe

Name: Federal Republic of Germany (in German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland)

Politicial form: Demoracy in federal form (16 states called "Bundesländer")

Capital: Berlin - ca. 3 500 000 people

Inhabitants: ca. 80 000 000 people

Inhabitants per km2: 243

Structure of population:

88% Germans
10 % Foreigners
- Turks ( 6 000 000 people)
- Polish - 1 000 000 people
-Italian
-Russian
-Spanish
-Greek - 500 000 people
-Marroks
-Jugoslavians
-Austrian
-Dutch
-nearly from every country of the world
2% of the population is member of an ethnicial minority like Frisians, Danish, Dutch and Sorbs, who are allowed to speak their own language, celebreat their culture etc., but they have a German passport.

Size in km2: 357 011

Highest point: Zugspitze in the Alps with 2962 metres

Rivers: Rhein (Rhine), Donau, Elbe, Oder, Weser, Ems, Saale, Havel, Spree, Mosel, Neckar, Main

Big lakes: Bodensee, Müritzsee, Chiemsee, Schweriner See, Starnbergersee, Ammersee, Plauer See, Steinhuder Meer

Climate: wet the whole year, temperatures: mild in the summer cold in the winter, continental in the east, ozeanian in the west

Coastline in km: around 2500 (Northsea & Baltic sea)

Neighbour countries: Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxemburg, Belgium, Netherlands

Currency: Euro (€)

Official Language: German (most Germans except some of the elder people and from the former Democratic Republic speaks English)

Religion: Protestants (47%), Roman-Catholic (38%), no religion (mostly in the East), Muslim and others

Big cities (ca. data):
Berlin - 3 500 000 people
Hamburg - 1 800 000 people
München (Munich) - 1 500 000 people
Köln (Cologne) - 1 030 000 people
Essen - 680 000 people
Frankfurt am Main - 630 000 people
Dortmund - 580 000 people
Düsseldorf - 570 000 people
Leipzig - 565 000 people
Stuttgart - 560 000 people
Hannover - 535 000 people
Duisburg - 532 000 people
Bremen - 528 000 people
Dresden - 520 000 people
Nürnberg - 470 000 people
Bochum - 410 000 people
Wuppertal - 400 000 people
Chemnitz - 310 000 people
Bielefeld - 305 000 people
Mannheim - 303 000 people
Bonn - 300 000 people
Gelsenkirchen - 290 000 people
Magdeburg - 285 000 people
Karlsruhe - 270 000 people
Wiesbaden 267 000 people

Learn more about the 90 biggest cities of Germany.

Principal Government Officials

President--Horst Köhler (CDU)
President of the Bundestag--Norbert Lammert (CDU)
Chancellor--Angela Merkel (CDU)
Vice Chancellor and Minister of Labor and Social Affairs--Franz Müntefering (SPD)
Minister of Foreign Affairs--Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD)
Minister of Defense--Franz Josef Jung (CSU)
Minister of Finance--Peer Streinbrück (SPD)
Minister of Interior--Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU)
Parliament parties (2005-2012): CDU/CSU 35,2% (Christdemocrats, conservative); SPD 34,2% (Social democrats); FDP 9,8% (Liberals); LP/PDS 8,7%; Greens 8,1%; Other parties 4,0%
CDU/CSU and SPD have the majority in the German Bundestag.

Membership of the most important international organisations: United Nations, European Union, Council of Europe

More informations about Germany: http://www.deutschland.de (in 8 languages)

Germany in total at Google Maps