How much do you already know about Germany?
Here you will get 7 interesting facts about the country and the culture
Around 80 million people live in Germany. Germany is a democratic republic and has a total of 16 federal states. Berlin is the capital of Germany and is also the most populous city. Of course, German is spoken in Germany, but also in Switzerland and Austria. In addition, German is spoken in parts of Italy (South Tyrol), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Belgium and France. In Germany itself you can find different dialects, some of which sound quite strange, but luckily all of them can also speak Standard German (Hochdeutsch) 😉
Weather, landscape, and tourism
The weather is generally a little cooler in the north than in the south. We are in a zone of temperate climate with four seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter). In winter there is usually quite a big gradient between north and south. While there is hardly any snow in the north, there is in the mountainous landscapes, e.g. the Alps. In the south there are great ski regions with lots of snow and correspondingly colder temperatures.
In summer it is around 25 degrees on average. Germany is quite green in most of the big cities, so there are plenty of parks and other recreational areas to be found both on the countryside and in the city. In the north there are a multitude of smaller islands (e.g. Rügen, Sylt, Amrum) as well as the North and Baltic Seas, which invite for a beach stay with their beautiful coasts. In the south there are fantastic lake and river landscapes such as Lake Constance. In addition, Germany has many cities with interesting historical background and a diverse range of cultural offerings.
The German Economy
Germany is the largest economy in the European Union and the fourth largest in the world in 2019. As a result, Germany is known as an import and export nation. The main trading partners are the People’s Republic of China, France, the United States of America, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Italy and Poland.
The employment rate in Germany is very high and the unemployment rate is correspondingly low. In addition, Germany is a strong welfare state that protects its citizens from existential risks with the help of statutory insurance. These include health, pension, accident, long-term care and unemployment insurance. Families are also financially supported by the state through various financial aids.
Germany is considered a highly developed country, which is certainly related to the high standard of education. Germany is known around the world for its automotive and commercial vehicle industries, and the chemical industry and aerospace technology are also important global sectors.
Germany and the European Union
Germany is one of the founding countries of the EU. It joined the European Union in 1958. The euro has been the legal tender in Germany since 2002. The single currency of the euro in most of the EU countries makes doing business with third countries more attractive and encourages trade and investment. The international currency is also easy to use for vacation trips.
Here is the summary of the 7 interesting facts about Germany.
- around 80 million inhabitants
- Berlin is the capital
- the official language is German, it’s also spoken in 8 other countries
- it’s a zone of temperate climate
- Germany is the largest economy in the EU
- the strong welfare state protects German citizens from existential risks
- the national currency is the Euro
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