Facts about Germany

  • Population: 82 Million, of which over 42 Million are women.
    Foreigners: ca. 6,7 Million (8,2 % of the total population)
    Age structure: 14% are under 15 years, 20% are over 65 years old
    Life expectancy: Men: 77 years Women: 82 years
    81 metropolises with over 1 Million people 

  • Railway network: ca. 41.000 km
    Road network: ca. 230.000 km

  • Germans really do love beer!
    Germans are the second largest beer consumers in the world, after the Irish (of course)
    There are over 1.500 different brands an types of beer

  • Around 6.200 of worldwide 52.000 patent application Germany
    belongs to the three most innovative countries in the world next to Japan und USA 

  • In Germany there are around 370 Universities, in which 140 are authorized for PhD

  • Culture:
    6.200 museums, therefrom 630 art museums
    820 Theaters
    130 Orchestras
    8.800 libraries

  • More than 240.000 foreign students in german universities 

  • Most important industries
    Mechanical Engineering
    Chemistry Environmental Technology
    Precision Engineering Electrical Engineering
    Medical Engineering
    Bio- and Gene Technology
    Aerospace Logistics

  • Germany is the fifth largest country in Europe –

    covering an area of 357,022 square kilometres,

    only the Ukraine, France, Spain and Sweden are bigger. 

  • Germany was once a cluster of small kingdoms, duchies and principalities – which were unified as the German Reich (Deutsches Reich) in 1871. Later it became the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich (National Socialism), and in 1949 the nation divided into the Soviet-supported East Germany (German Democratic Republic) and the democratic West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany). On October 3rd 1990, East and West were reunited.

  • Germany boasts some of world's most famous inventions – you can thank the Germans for the light bulb, the automated calculator, and the automobile. That's not all –  the Germans are also credited for the discovery of insulin, the invention of the clarinet, the pocket watch, television (partly), paraffin, petrol/gasoline & Diesel engines, the automobile engine, differential gear and other important devices, the motorcycle, the jet engine, the LCD screen and the Walkman.

  • Germany has the largest population in the EU – the population of Germany is around 80.2 million, with 3.4 million people living in the capital Berlin. Yet two out of five households are single-person households

  • Berlin's Zoologischer Garten is the largest zoo in the world – Germany also boasts more than 400 registered zoos. Including zoological gardens, wildlife parks, aquariums, bird parks, animal reserves, or safari parkstotal, Germany has nearly 700 facilities.

  • Over 800 million currywurst are eated in Germany each year – currywurst is a sausage served with a spicy sauce, and is a street food that has become a cult classic in Germany. About 7 million currywurst are eated in Berlin alone. There's even a museum in Berlin dedicated to the popular snack

  • Germany is one of the world's largest car producers – selling 5.9 million cars in 2011. VW's Golf is one of the best selling cars of all time: in 2012 it year it sold more than 430,000 Golfs around Europe (125,000 ahead of its nearest rival). In 2013, the top-selling car brands in Germany were Volkswagen, Mercedes. Audi and BMW.

  • Germany has more cultural activities and places than any other country – it's a cultured place, with 6,200 museums, 820 theatres, 130 professional orchestras and 8,800 libraries in 2013. There are more museums, exhibition halls and art galleries than any other country (and not only in the big cities), with more people going to exhibitions than to soccer matches.

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