Germany is the fifth largest country in Europe
Covering an area of 357,022 square kilometres, only the Ukraine, France, Spain and Sweden are bigger.
Germany has the largest population in the EU
The population of Germany is around 80.2 million, with 3.4 million people living in the capital Berlin.
Germany is the world’s largest exporter of goods
It is the EU's largest economy – with a gross domestic product (GDP) of EUR 2,574 billion, and lies fourth place in the world behind the US, China and Japan.
Germany has high levels of employment
In 2014, almost three quarters of people aged 15–64 had a paid job. Germany introduced a minimum wage in 2015.
Germany is a leader in climate and energy policies
The German government pledges to decommission all nuclear power stations by 2022 and to replace them with renewable energies and new storage for green electricity.
German universities do not charge tuition fees
Germany has banned tuition fees in all public universities. You might think this is just great for Germany, but foreign students can also study for free!
Germany is the Land of invention
The Germans can be credited for the discovery of insulin, the invention of the clarinet, the pocket watch, the automated calculator, the light bulb, television (partly), paraffin, petrol/gasoline & Diesel engines, the automobile, the motorcycle, the jet engine, the LCD screen and the Walkman.
The German Autobahn is the oldest motorway network in the world
Completed in 1932, it is also the only one in Europe to have no general speed limit.
Germany has more cultural activities and places than any other country
It has a total of 6,200 museums, 820 theatres, 130 professional orchestras and 8,800 libraries.
Germany is the land of 'poets and thinkers'
Baeethoven and Goethe were all German, alongside composers Händel, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner and R. Strauss. Some of the world's greatest German philosophers include Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Heidegger.
Germany is highly rated as a place to grow old
Life expectancy in Germany is almost 81 years (one year higher than the OEDC average) – 83 for women and 78 for men – and just over 26 percent of the population is currently over 60. Germany is a good place to retire: it ranks third (out of 91 countries) in the Global AgeWatch Index 2013 for wellbeing amongst the elderly.
Germany is Europe's second largest beer consumer
Germans drank 2.55 billion gallons of beer in 2012, more than anyone else in Europe apart from the Czechs. There are more than 1,200 breweries producing over 5,000 brands of beer.
Smoking is banned in public places but drinking is still legal – smoking is banned in public buildings and on public transportation, but you can drink alcohol openly.
Berlin's Zoologischer Garten is the largest zoo in the world
Germany also boasts more than 400 registered zoos. Including zoological gardens, wildlife parks, aquariums, animal reserves and safari parks.
Germany's education system produces top performers
Students score higher than average on the OECD's PISA scale, and 86 percent of adults aged 25–64 have completed at least upper secondary education (equivalent of a high school diploma). That's well above the EU average of 74.2 percent
The first printing press was invented in Germany
In 1440, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in the German city of Mainz. The mechanization of bookmaking led to the first mass production of books in history.
X-rays were discovered in Germany
Wilhelm Roentgen, Professor of Physics in Worzburg, Bavaria, was the first person to discover the possibility of using electromagnetic radiation to create what we now know as the x-ray.
That ‘awful German Language’
The American author Mark Twain once declared: “I never knew before what eternity was made for. It is to give some of us a chance to learn German.”