Germany is known for a lot of things. Free-tuition universities, high-quality education, and cultural diversity are some of the highlights, and there is a lot of connections between the UK and Germany as well as a lot of history between the two nations, but how much do you know about Germany?
1. Germany has a population of 81 million people.
2. One-third of Germany is still covered in forests and woodlands.
3. 65% of the highways in Germany (Autobahn) have no speed limit.
4. There are over 1,500 different beers in Germany.
5. Germany is the seventh-largest country in Europe. Covering an area of 137,847 square miles, of which 34,836 square miles is covered by land and 3,011 square miles contains water.
6. Berlin has the largest train station in Europe.
7. Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice.
8. Germany is composed of sixteen states. The states have their own constitution and are largely autonomous in regard to their internal organization. At the municipal level, Germany is divided into 403 districts (Kreise), of which 301 are rural districts and 102 urban districts. Bavaria is the largest state.
9. Germany shares borders with nine other countries. Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
10. Germany is the EU’s largest economy. With a gross domestic product (GDP) of 3.73 trillion USD, and lies fourth place in the world behind the US, China and Japan.
11. 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.
12. The first printed book was in German. Germany is one of the world’s leading book nations. Publishing around 94,000 titles every year. The first magazine ever seen was launched in 1663 in Germany.
13. When JFK visited Berlin, he infamously said “Ich bin ein Berliner,” which also translates to “I am a jelly donut.”
14. There are over 300 different kinds of bread in Germany.
15. There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
16. Beer is considered a food in Bavaria officially.
17. After the Irish, the Germans are those consume the most beer, making Germany the second largest consumer of Beer.
18 .The biggest Beer Festival in the world is of course the Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, where the size of the beer glass is not 500ml but a whole liter!
19. To get ONE beer in Germany, you show your thumb. To show your first finger means that you want 2 beers: one with the thumb, and one with the finger.
20. Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Barbie doll made after her.
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