Information on Germany
Information on Germany
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Germany in a Nutshell
Population: 82 million, 1/5 of the population has an immigration background
Area: 357,112 square km
Climate: Moderately cool with an average of 22° Celsius in summer, and -1.5° Celsius in winter
Government: Parliamentary democracy
The Federal Republic of Germany is located in the heart of Europe, surrounded by nine neighboring countries with the North Sea and the Baltic Sea bordering to the North and the Alps bordering to the South. Its landscape is diverse: Ranging from average and high mountain regions to wide lake sceneries, from forests to a 2390 km long coastline.
City lovers will appreciate Germany’s larger cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt where you find historic sites and modern society side by side plus a wide range of intercultural influences.
After the United States of America, Germany is the second most popular migration destination in the world for good reasons. It is one of today’s most peaceful countries. Its political and economical stability, its lauded freedom of speech and religion, affordable nationwide medical system, rule of law, and the high quality education are some of the qualities that are much appreciated both by the locals and immigrants.
Germany has the largest economy within the European Union and the fourth largest in the world. Germany’s economy has done well compared to most other countries in the last decade, especially after the global financial and economic crisis of 2008. “Made in Germany” is a label of that is seen globally to represent high quality, and its manufacturing exports continue to spur Germany’s growth. It is this strength that ensures further long-term growth and a stable labor market.
You might think of cars and technology first, but the German language is also an export hit. German is the mother tongue of circa 120 million people – making it the most spoken native language within the European Union and ranking it among the top ten languages in the world.
Germany’s culture is shaped by its regional characteristics. Just look at the range of regional cuisine and the multitude of folk festivals. Some of the largest, popular and world-famous festivals are the Oktoberfest in Munich, the Carneval in Cologne, the Richard-Wagner-Festival in Bayreuth and the International Film Festival “Berlinale”. In between these major festivals, you can find plenty of cultural exposure in the “Land of Poets and Thinkers”. Germany has over 300 live professional theaters, 130 professional orchestras and 630 art museums of unparalleled quality. Or maybe you prefer a cozy evening of books? Long after the time of Goethe and Schiller, the German’s passion for literature has not subsided. On the contrary, over 94,000 book titles are published in Germany every year. The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest book fair in the world.
Culinary lovers travel the country’s different regions trying the many local specialties. Germany is world famous for producing thousands of different types of bread (a world record) and over 5000 different home-brewed beers. But there are a lot more delights than just beer and bread. Germany has the second most 3-Michelin star restaurants in the world. Its wine-growing regions produce award-winning wines, the most famous being the Riesling.
The German Health Care System
The German health care system is one of the world’s oldest and most advanced health care systems. It was implemented by Otto von Bismarck in 1883. Health insurance is compulsory in Germany. Over 90% of the German population is registered with a health insurance provider of their own choice. Regardless of the chosen insurance provider, the patient’s age, income or illness, every patient is always treated with the highest quality at no additional charges. Additional private services can be bought individually, but there is no relevant private medical system for patients as known in other countries. All necessary medical treatments are paid by the insurance companies and provided by the hospitals.
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