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  • Officially » Federal Republic of Germany
  • Capital » Berlin


  • Population » 82 million
  • Language » German
  • Religion » Christianity
  • Life expectancy » 78 years (men), 83 years (women)
  • Member of the E.U., Schengen Area, United Nations, NATO, the G8, the G20, and the OECD.
  • Currency » Euro
  • Emergency Numbers:
    • 112 Fire service (Feuerwehr)
    • 110 Police (Polizei)


  • Area » 357,027 sq km (137,849 sq miles)
  • Europe’s biggest nation
  • Germany comprises 16 constituent states
  • The main urban areas are: The Ruhr, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Düsseldorf.
  • Land borders:
Map of Germany (Source » Wikimedia)

Map of Germany (Source » Wikimedia)

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  • Germany is part of the Schengen Area
    • Germany is one of the five founding countries of the Schengen agreement, signed on 14 June 1985. It started its implementation year later on 26 March 1995.
  • Germany is the eighth most visited country in the world with 35.6 million visitors in 2016.
    • The second most visited Schengen country


  • Never use the hard shoulder as it is only intended for vehicles that break down and to enable emergency services vehicles a clear path to any accidents.
  • It is forbidden to use the hard shoulder as a parking space for short breaks
  • Use of mobile phones while driving is forbidden
  • Low-emissions Zones in Germany
    • Germany (like several other European countries) has a number of Low-emissions Zones throughout many major cities, regions. Most vehicles are affected. The low-emissions zones themselves are intended to improve local air quality, thereby reducing the effects on peoples overall health.

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  • May to December is considered the best time to visit
  • The summer months of July through September are the most popular times to visit
  • July through September is when the country is at its warmest



  • Germany was a founding member of the European Union in 1993
  • Germany is Europe’s most industrialised and populous country.

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Germany’s World Ranking (2018)

  • Innovation capability: 1st
  • Quality of vocational training: 7th
  • Freedom of the press: 15th
  • Roads quality: 19th
  • Property rights: 23rd
  • Life expectancy: 24th
  • Judicial independence: 25th
  • Reliability of police services: 38th

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This page was updated March 26, 2023