Facts About Germany

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Information Required When Travelling to Germany:

Country Name:

Germany

Location:

Central Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, between the Netherlands and Poland, south of Denmark

Area:

357,022 sq km

Land:

348,672 sq km

Water:

8,350 sq km

Land Boundaries:

3,790 km

Border Countries:

Austria 784 km, Belgium 167 km, Czech Republic 815 km, Denmark 68 km, France 451 km, Luxembourg 138 km, Netherlands 577 km, Poland 456 km, Switzerland 334 km

Coastline:

2,389 km

Climate:

temperate and marine; cool, cloudy, wet winters and summers; occasional warm mountain (foehn) wind

Terrain:

lowlands in north, uplands in center, Bavarian Alps in south

Geography:

strategic location on North European Plain and along the entrance to the Baltic Sea

Population:

81,305,856 (July 2012 est.)

Age Structure:

0-14 years: 13.2% (male 5,499,555/ female 5,216,066)

15-64 years: 66.1% (male 27,173,860/ female 26,587,068)

65 years and over: 20.7% (male 7,273,915/ female 9,555,392) (2012 est.)

Average Age:

total: 45.3 years

male: 44.2 years

female: 46.3 years (2012 est.)

Ethnic Groups:

German 91.5%, Turkish 2.4%, other 6.1% (made up largely of Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish)

Religions:

Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3%

Languages:

German

Government

Type:

federal republic

Capital:

Berlin

Administrative Divisions:

16 states (Laender, singular - Land); Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bayern (Bavaria), Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hessen (Hesse), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania), Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia), Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate), Saarland, Sachsen (Saxony), Sachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt), Schleswig-Holstein, Thueringen (Thuringia); note - Bayern, Sachsen, and Thueringen refer to themselves as free states (Freistaaten, singular - Freistaat)

Independence:

18 January 1871 (German Empire unification); divided into four zones of occupation (UK, US, USSR, and France) in 1945 following World War II; Federal Republic of Germany (FRG or West Germany) proclaimed on 23 May 1949 and included the former UK, US, and French zones; German Democratic Republic (GDR or East Germany) proclaimed on 7 October 1949 and included the former USSR zone; West Germany and East Germany unified on 3 October 1990; all four powers formally relinquished rights on 15 March 1991; notable earlier dates: 10 August 843 (Eastern Francia established from the division of the Carolingian Empire); 2 February 962 (crowning of OTTO I, recognized as the first Holy Roman Emperor)

Economy

Currency:

Euro (EUR)

GDP Growth Rate:

3.1% (2011 est.)

Labour Occupations:

agriculture: 1.6%

industry: 24.6%

services: 73.8% (2011)

Unemployment Rate:

6% (2011 est.)

Inflation Rate:

2.5% (2011 est.)

Agriculture Produce:

potatoes, wheat, barley, sugar beets, fruit, cabbages; cattle, pigs, poultry

Transportation

Railways:

total: 41,981 km

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