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44 interesting facts about Germany

Germany she is known for many things.

Free universities, quality education and cultural diversity are some of the highlights.

However, Germany is more interesting than you probably think. We have this long list of the most interesting German facts compiled that you’ve probably never heard of before.

44 things worth knowing and interesting about Germany:

  • 81 million people live in Germany.
  • A third of Germany is still covered by forests and woodlands.
  • Germany is a member of the European Union.
  • 65% of motorways in Germany have no speed limit.
  • The university is free for everyone (including non-Germans).
  • There are more than 2100 castles in Germany.
  • There are more than 1,500 different beers in Germany.
  • Germany is the seventh largest country in Europe. It covers an area of ​​137,847 square miles, of which 34,836 square miles is land and 3,011 square miles is water.
  • Berlin has the largest train station in Europe.
  • Berlin is nine times the size of Paris and has more bridges than Venice.
  • Germany consists of 16 states. States have their own constitution and are largely autonomous in their internal organization. At the municipal level, Germany is divided into 403 districts, of which 301 are rural and 102 are urban. Bavaria is the largest state.
  • Germany is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
  • Germany borders nine other countries. Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
  • Germany is the largest economy in the EU. With a gross domestic product (GDP) of US$3.73 trillion, it ranks fourth in the world behind the US, China and Japan.
  • Germany is one of the largest car manufacturers in the world. In 2011, 5.9 million cars were sold. VW’s Golf is one of the best-selling cars of all time: in 2012, more than 430,000 Golfs were sold in Europe that year (125,000 more than the nearest rival). The best-selling car brands in Germany in 2013 were Volkswagen and Mercedes. Audi and BMW.
  • The following cities were the capitals of Germany at one time or another: Aachen, Regensburg, Frankfurt am Main, Nuremberg, Berlin, Weimar, Bonn (and East Berlin) and, since 1990, Berlin again.
  • The first printed book was in German.
  • Germany is one of the world’s leading book nations. Around 94,000 titles are published annually.
  • The very first magazine was published in Germany in 1663.
  • Germany was the first country in the world to introduce Daylight Savings Time – Daylight Savings Time. This happened in 1916, in the middle of the First World War.
  • When JFK visited Berlin, he infamously said “Ich bin ein Berliner”, which also translates to “I am a jelly doughnut”.
  • German is the most widely spoken third language in the world.
  • German remains the language with the most native speakers in Europe.
  • Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein have German as their official language.
  • The longest published word is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektratätenhauptbetriebswerksbauunteroffiziere. It has 79 letters.
  • There are thirty-five dialects of the German language.
  • There are more than 300 different types of bread in Germany.
  • There are more than 1,000 types of sausages in Germany.
  • In Bavaria, beer is officially considered a food.
  • Smoking is prohibited in public places, but drinking alcohol is still legal.
  • After the Irish, Germans consume the most beer, making Germany the second largest beer consumer.
  • The biggest beer festival in the world is of course the Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, where the beer glass is not 500 ml, but a whole liter!
  • Thumbs up to get ONE beer in Germany. When you show your first finger, you want two beers: one with your thumb and one with your finger.
  • There are more soccer fan clubs (soccer for North Americans) in Germany than anywhere else in the world.
  • Germany lost a penalty shootout in a major soccer competition (once). It was 1976, when the then Federal Republic of Germany lost 5:3 to Czechoslovakia at the European Championship. On the other four occasions the Germans were involved, they won.
  • The tradition of a Christmas tree comes from Germany.
  • Germany has over 400 zoos, the most in the world.
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel had a Barbie doll made for herself.
  • Toilet paper in Germany has the softness and consistency of paper towels.
  • Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes.
  • Holocaust denial is implicitly or explicitly a criminal offense in 17 countries, including Germany and Austria.
  • The narrowest street in the world is in Reutlingen. It is called Spreuerhofstraße and is 31 cm wide at its narrowest point.
  • The Federal Chancellery in Berlin is known locally as “The Washing Machine”.
  • Germany is a leader in climate and energy policy – ​​in 2011 it decided to shut down all nuclear power plants (which then produced around 18 percent of electricity consumption) by 2022 and replace them with renewable energies and new green electricity storage.
  • In Germany, there is no punishment for a prisoner who tries to escape from prison, because it is a basic human instinct to be free.

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