Germany

Official Name: Bundesrepublik Deutschland or Federal Republic of Germany

Population: 82 Million

Language: German

Capital: Berlin, 3.5 million population.

Population Density: 234 people/km2

INTERESTING FACTS

(1) Inventions: printing press, cuckoo clock, telephone, diesel engine, asprin, fluorescent lamp, pregnancy test, x-rays, gummy bears.

(2) Famous buildings: The Cologne Cathedral took 632 years to build. The Brandenburg Gate

(3) Language: German is the 3rd most commonly taught language in the world, spoken by about 100 million people, and an official language in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, and Lichtenstein.

(4) Geography: 31% of Germany is forests and woodlands.

(5) Food: Germany has 300 types of bread and 1000 types of sausage. Germans are the 2nd largest beer consumers in the world (after Ireland).

(6) Economy: Europe’s largest economy.

(7) Holocaust: Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany.

(8) Traditions: Tannenbaum, the Christmas tree, is a tradition that began in Germany.

(9) Speed: 65% of the autobahn (highway) in Germany has no speed limit.

(10) Claims to Fame: 

Composers: Beethoven, Schumann, Bach, Wagner, Strauss, Handel.

Philosophers: Nietzche, Marx, Kant, Hegel.

Theologians: Martin Luther, Philip Melancthon, Jurgen Moltmann, Albert Schweitzer, Helmut Thielicke.

Companies: Adidas, Puma, Hugo Boss, Faber-Castell, Miele, Audi, Porsche, Reuters, Allianz.

Scientists: Albert Einstein, Johannes Gutenberg, Johannes Kepler.

Sports People: Boris Becker (tennis), Steffi Graf (tennis), Michael Schumacher (Formula One), Sebastien Vettel (Formula One).

 

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