50 Fascinating Facts about Germany

Germany is located in western-central Europe and is home to 80.3 million people. Its capital city of Berlin has a population of 3.3 million people. Germany has the largest population of all of the countries in the European Union, and is considered a major political and economical power in Europe. Its currency is the Euro, which is also used widely across Europe. The official language of Germany is German, and the country does not have an official religion. Although, Christianity is practiced widely throughout the country. The flag of Germany is comprised of three horizontal stripes, one black, one red and one yellow. Germany is bordered by Denmark to the north, Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland in the south, and France and Luxembourg to the southwest.

Germany Facts

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Germany’s total nominal GDP is 3.4 trillion dollars, which makes it the fourth largest economy in the world, while its nominal per capita GDP is $41,513 which is the 22nd highest in the world.
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Germany is the fifth largest purchasing power country, the second largest exporter of goods in the world and the third largest importer of goods in the world.
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Germany’s standard of living is very high, and each German citizen is entitled to a universal health care system and a comprehensive social security plan.
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The government in Germany is a federal parliamentary constitutional republic.
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All of Germany is broken into 16 states. Each state is largely autonomous, and has its own constitution.
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Manufacturing is a key part of Germany’s economy. They are one of the top manufacturers in the world of cars, boats and certain electronics.
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Germany is home to numerous natural resources. Their land is rich in copper, nickel, uranium, coal and natural gas.
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Approximately 100 German citizens have received a Nobel Prize.
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Albert Einstein, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Bach were all born in Germany.
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Soccer is an incredibly popular sport, and is called football in Germany.
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Whenever German people greet one another they either give each other a kiss on the cheek or they shake hands.
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Sausage and cheese are popular in Germany, and are often eaten on an almost daily basis.
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Up until 1990 Germany was divided into East and West Germany by the Berlin Wall. The Wall came down in 1990, and since then the country has been unified.
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German citizens are highly diverse. People from all over Europe moved to Germany after it was unified in 1990 and settled there.
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The autobahn highway runs through Germany and has no speed limit.
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Oktoberfest is celebrated each year to celebrate the 1810 wedding of Prince Ludwig and his Princess Therese. After they were married, they invited all of the citizens of Munich to celebrate with them. Since then, Germany has celebrated each October by dressing in traditional clothes and dancing and drinking.
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Germans celebrate Advent four weeks before Christmas. During this time period people get ready for Christmas buy finishing up their shopping, by spending time with their families and by visiting many Christmas markets around the country.
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The Easter Bunny originated in Germany, after legend stated that a bird was transformed into a rabbit one winter, and was still able to lay eggs.
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Gingerbread houses also originated in Germany. They first were created in Nuremburg, and were so popular that people came from all over to buy intricate gingerbread houses. By the late 1800s they began appearing in houses during Christmas.
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As soon as a baby girl is born into a family, multiple trees are planted on the family’s land. Whenever the girl gets engaged, the family cuts the trees down and sells them to use for the girl’s dowry.
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Traditional weddings in Germany can last for days. They begin with the couple getting married, and then the bride and groom along with family and friends will party for one to two days. On the final day the couple will get remarried in a very religious ceremony and is considered the official wedding date. The official wedding reception follows.
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Germans consume a lot of beer on a daily basis. They are the second greatest beer consumers in the world.
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Beer is even considered a food in Bavaria, Germany.
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Bread is a staple in Germany as well, and there are over 300 different types of bread baked in the country.
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Gummy bears originated in Germany.
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Oktoberfest starts in September each year, and then continues into October.
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The first printed book in the world was printed in German.
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Germans who deny that the Holocaust happened can face criminal charges.
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Christmas trees (Tannebaum) originated in Germany as did many Christmas traditions that Americans follow.
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Daylight Savings Time was first observed in Germany during World War I.
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German law says that parents must provide their child with a name that reflects their gender. The parents can also use a family name.
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German residents and internationals can obtain a bachelor's degree from a public unversity at no cost. A law in 2014 abolished tuition fees.
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Germans were responsible for many inventions, many of which we still use today. These inventions include the lightbulb, the automobile, the LCD screen, and the motorcycle, among many other things.
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The Zoologischer Garten in Berlin is the largest zoo in the world.
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Germany is one of the largest producers of cars in the world. In 2015, over six million German-manufactured vehicles were sold.
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At least one-third of Germany is powered by renewable energy sources.
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Germany is the second most populous country in Europe, right behind Russia.
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This country is known for its foreign workers and has over 7 million immigrants living within its borders.
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Drinking alcohol in public is legal in Germany. Even minors 14 and older can have a beer or glass of wine when monitored by a parent.
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The world's narrowest street is found in Germany. At its narrowest point, it is just one foot wide.
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Raising the middle finger to another person is illegal in this country. An offended party can report the offender's license plate to the police. The offender will receive a letter and a fine.
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The official language is German. However, other official minor languages are also acknowledged, including Romany and Danish.
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The tallest cathedral in the world is located in Ulm, Germany.
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In addition to having the largest zoo, Germany has over 400 zoos -- the most in the world.
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It is not illegal to escape from jail in Germany. This is because the government acknowledges that it is human instinct to be free.
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Germany was the home of the world's first magazine, which was printed in 1663.
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Despite what its name might suggest, Chinese checkers was actually invented in Germany.
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Germany's World War I debt was roughly equivalent to 96,000 tons of gold.
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Germany has one of the lowest birth rates in the world.
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The world's largest train station is located in Berlin.

Germany is an interesting and unique country. Its history is riddled with war, rebellion and violence, yet today the country has been unified. After the Berlin Wall went down in 1990, the country took a new direction and began working on building a unified and peaceful country. Today it has a successive economy and is considered a major economic force in Europe. The country continues to gain momentum in the economic world. Germany is also home to many ancient traditions that have made their way around the world, and now are commonplace traditions in many countries around the world.

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