Quick peak into what life will be like for us

Life in Germany 

 

A quick peak into what our life will be like in Germany

Fast Facts

 

1. Germany is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

 

2. One third of the country is still covered in forests and woodlands.

 

3. The Christmas tree (Tannenbaum) tradition came from Germany.

 

4. The working week in Germany also includes Saturday.

 

5. There are over 300 different kinds of bread in Germany.

 

6. There are also bread museums.

 

7. There are over 150 castles in Germany.

8. There are over 1,500 different beers in Germany.

 

9. Beer is officially considered a food in Bavaria.

 

10. They rank third in world-wide beer consumption per person after Czech and Austria.

 

11. 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, the Mass! (it’s also celebrated in September)

 

12. 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.

 

13. There are more football (soccer for the North Americans) fan clubs in Germany than anywhere else in the world.

 

Interesting Facts About Germany

Source: blog.daum.net

 

14. Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes.

 

15. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany.

 

16. Toilet paper in Germany has the softness and consistency of paper towels.

 

15. Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Barbie doll made after her.

 

16. There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.

 

17. German is the official language of 5 countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

 

18. The first printed book was in German.

 

19. Berlin has the largest train station in Europe.

 

20. When JFK visited Berlin, he infamously said “Ich bin ein Berliner,” which also translates to “I am a jelly donut.”

 

21. The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters).

 

22. The world’s tallest cathedral is in Ulm.

 

23. Germany has over 400 zoos, the most in the world.

 

24. Berlin is nine times bigger than Paris

 

25.  65% of the Autobahn (highway) has no speed limit.

 

Interesting Facts About Germany

14. Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes.

15. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany.

16. Toilet paper in Germany has the softness and consistency of paper towels.

15. Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Barbie doll made after her.

16. There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.

17. German is the official language of 5 countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

18. The first printed book was in German.

19. Berlin has the largest train station in Europe.

20. When JFK visited Berlin, he infamously said “Ich bin ein Berliner,” which also translates to “I am a jelly donut.”

21. The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters).

22. The world’s tallest cathedral is in Ulm.

23. Germany has over 400 zoos, the most in the world.

24. Berlin is nine times bigger than Paris

25.  65% of the Autobahn (highway) has no speed limit.

Overview of Germany

Facts and Figures

Population: 81.4 million, including 11.5 million foreign nationals

Surface area: 357,340 km²

Form of government: parliamentary democracy

Founded: 1949, followed by German reunification with accession of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) on 3 October 1990

Head of state: President Joachim Gauck (as of March 2012)

Head of government: Chancellor Angela Merkel (as of November 2005)

Capital: Berlin

The five largest cities: Berlin (3.5m inhabitants), Hamburg (1.8m inhabitants), Munich (1.4m inhabitants), Cologne (1m inhabitants), Frankfurt am Main (717,624 inhabitants)

Official language: German

National holiday: 3 October (Day of German Unity)

Membership: European Union, G8, G20, NATO, OECD, OSCE, UN

Religions: Roman Catholic (30 percent), Evangelical Church in Germany (29 percent), Muslim (almost 5 percent), other (almost 3 percent), without confession (33 percent)

Time zone: CET

Climate: moderately cool Westerlies climate, between the oceanic climate of the Atlantic and the continental climate of eastern Europe

Economic output GDP (per capita): €35,402

Labour force: 43 million

Average annual gross income per full-time employee: €42,605

International vehicle code: D

Internet TLD: .de

Telephone country code: +49

Currency: euro (€1 = 100 cents)