Looking to boost your knowledge of the big wide world? Why not start here and take a look at these 25 facts about Germany!
- Germany is a large and beautiful country in Western Europe.
- It is bordered by Denmark to the north, Poland and Czech Republic to the east, Switzerland and Austria to the south, France to the southwest and Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands to the west.
- To explore the magical forests and enjoy the delicious sausages and local beers, head for the coordinates of 52.5167° N, 13.3833° E.
- The terrain here features lowlands in the north, uplands in the centre and the Bavarian Alps in the south, lovely!
- The total land area of Germany is 137,847 square miles (357,022 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around 1.5 times the size of the UK.
- Germany’s population was 80,854,408 in 2015…
- …that’s around 16 million more than the UK!
- That makes Germany the most populous country in the EU!
- Residents here are known as Germans.
- The capital is Berlin; it covers an area of 344 square miles (892 square kilometres) and had a population of 3,563,000 in 2015.
- Most Germans enjoy a temperate climate with those living on the coast experiencing a marine climate.
- Germany has more than 400 zoos – more than any other country in the world!
- The official language of Germany is… German of course!
- Did you know that Hamburgers, Frankfurters and Wieners are all named after Germany cities?
- Like many European countries, Euro is the official currency here.
- Thinking of having a baby in Germany? Once you’ve chosen a name you’ll have to submit it to the local registration office and they will decide whether it is allowed or not!
- The average life span here is 81 years.
- Germany has the lowest birth rate of any country in the world, with just 8.2 children being born per 1000 citizens between 2009 and 2014.
- There are more than 300 different types of bread produced in Germany and there is even a ‘bread culture’ museum!
- Ordering another beer? Be careful with your hand gestures – your thumb is counted as 1, so just stick you thumb up if you’d like one more beer!
- Germany grows potatoes, barley, wheat and sugar beets; they also rear cattle.
- Its industry consists of iron, coal, steel, chemicals, cement, machinery, machine tools, vehicles and electronics.
- The main exports include vehicles, machinery, chemicals, metals and manufactures, textiles and foodstuffs.
- Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Germany? You can make cheap calls to Germany with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 0049.
To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Germany, head over to The Local website.