There’s much more to Germany than Frankfurters, sauerkraut and a great soccer team. It is the most successful and stable economic country in the EU and has the world’s fourth largest GDP. It also has amazing beer, world famous Christmas markets, beautiful cities and some of the highest-ranked universities in the world. What’s not to like?
With a huge population, (80 million at the last count and growing) Germany is one of the largest and most heavily populated countries in Europe. It borders Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland, which puts it right at the centre of all the action.
The Head of State (and some say the most powerful politician in Europe) is a woman – Angela Merkel – she won a fourth term in September 2017.
The capital city is Berlin but other famous cities include Munich, Hamburgh, Cologne, Frankfurt, Essen and Dortmund. As well as being a financial centre, it’s also got some of the most picturesque and varied landscapes – flat plains in northern Germany stretching all the way over to the Alps and to the Baltic and North Seas. Add to this a lively and ancient culture, along with a huge focus on sport, especially football, and it’s easy to see why German is an exciting and vibrant place to live, work or study. Its robust economy makes it a great place to look for work in today’s tough jobs market and its Times Top 200 ranking status makes it a great place to go to university. Germany truly is one of the EU’s few success stories.
At a glance facts about Germany
- The main language is German and the currency is the Euro
- It has a population of 82,293,457 (2018)
- International Dialling Code is 49
- Time: Germany is 1 hour ahead of the UK (GMT)
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