What do you know about Germany? What do you know about Germans? What is typically German for you?
Here are some facts: Germany is not a really big country in the middle of Europe. Luxembourg, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands boarder Germany. 25% of Americans claim German heritage. 31% of the country has been kept with forests and woodlands. There are over 300 kinds of bread in Germany which is only one speciality of German cooking. There are 35 dialects of the German language. Germany has over 400 zoos, the most in the world. There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
What do you know about German Christmas traditions (Heiligabend, Weihnachten)?
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. To give you a little bit of preparation and more insight read about German Music, German Art and German Architects.
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(I do not update them constantly so please doublecheck with Wikipedia.)
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. 3 769 000 people
Inhabitants: ca. 83 000 000 people
Inhabitants per km2: 243
Structure of population:
10 % Foreigners
- Turks ( 6 000 000 people)
- Polish - 1 000 000 people
-Greek - 500 000 people
-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
Principal Government OfficialsTo learn more about the German Chancellor and the Federal Government please visit the site of the Bundesregierung where you can find the most actual data.
More informations about Germany: http://www.deutschland.de (in English and eight other foreign languages)
And see Germany in total at Google Maps to get an overview of the country and learn to know its neighbors in Europ.