Germany seems to be having quite an interesting history. There are also many other things about Germany that wouldn’t fail to amaze you.
- Official name: The Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland)
- Capital city: Berlin
- Language: German
- Population: 81,083,600 (2014)
- Area: 357,168 km2
- Longest river: Rhine
- Highest mountain: Zugspitze (2962 m)
- Currency: Euro (€)
- Flag: black, red and gold horizontal bands
With that said, let us dive straight into discovering what we call as the superb facts about Germany.
Starting with important general information, Germany has a population of well over 80 million, making it the largest country in the EU after Russia. For tourists, It’s a peculiar country with several attractive sights.
What’s surprising is the fact that it has a declining population growth, with around 10% of its citizens being immigrants while 9% being foreigners. It has witnessed a decline of around 2 million in its population in the last decade.
Just like most of the other European countries, even Germany’s currency is the Euro. However, before 2002, its currency used to be the Deutsche Mark.
The countries sharing borders with Germany include Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark, and Netherlands.
Its coastline is of around 2,400 kilometers, while the forest and woodland in the country cover well over 31% of the land area.
An interesting fact related to the geography of Germany is that its land area was actually 50% larger during 1871-1918, and it included many parts of Lithuania as well as most of the present-day Poland.
As far as the land area is concerned, Germany covers a little less than 360,000 square kilometers. The country also boasts of having as many as around 700 zoological gardens, bird parks, aquariums, wildlife parks, and so on.
Interesting historical facts
The Goseck circle, a sun observatory located in Saxony-Anhalt, is believed to be the oldest one in Europe. It was seemingly built around 7,000 years ago.
Even the world’s oldest savings bank is based in Germany’s Oldenburg (Lower Saxony). It was built in 1786.
Coming to the capital of the country, it has actually had quite a few different ones in the past. The major cities including Nuremberg, Frankfurt-am-Main, Aachen, Berlin, Bonn (and East Berlin), Regensburg, and Weimar, have all been Germany’s capital in the past.
However, Berlin was made the capital again in 1990, and since then, has remained the capital center of the country till today.
Regarding the language, It’s the most spoken language in the European Union as it is spoken also in Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Scientists consider German as a difficult language but with our German Section you will not have any problems with learning. It contains useful phrases, vocabulary, funny quizzes and much more.
Culture and Famous Artists
Germany is also known as the land of philosophers, having given the world many well-known philosophers including Schopenhauer, Heidegger, Hegel, Kant, and many others.
Classical music is quite popular in the country as well, with some highly popular personalities related to the field being born in the country, including Beethoven, Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Händel, and others.
Amazing facts you didn’t know
We know that by now you know quite a lot of things about Germany. However, didn’t we also promise a dose of amazement at the start? So here we go:
- Germany doesn’t punishes those who tries to escape from the prison, simply because it believes it’s a natural human instinct to be free
- After the World War I ended, there were so few men in the country that only 1 out of every 3 women would find a husband
- According to a German traffic law, it’s illegal to run out of fuel while driving a vehicle on a highway