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Germany, officially the “Federal Republic of Germany” (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is the second most densely populated country in Europe. It has a current population of over 82 million, and, since its unification (East and West Germany were divided from 1949 to 1989 by the Berlin Wall) has become one of the richest countries in the world and Europe’s leading economic power. German food, like Dutch, contains potatoes, but also savoury meats and fruit (an important crop as much food is imported). Specialities include Schnitzel, Sauerkraut and Bratwurst, but also Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Gateau).
German GeographyGermany is made of 16 states: Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hessen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia. Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia generally consider themselves free states. The country itself is flat towards the northern and coastal areas, but with the Bavarian Alps and Black Forest in the south. It is bitterly cold in winter, and mild in summer.
German LanguageOver 100 million people globally speak German as their first language besides in Germany, including Switzerland, Austria, Canada, the US, Latin America, the Baltic Republics, Belarus, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, and the Balkan States. It is also important as a second language across the world.
Most Popular CityBerlin has the best nightlife, artwork and architecture in Germany. It is the capital and most densely populated city, with around 8400000 people. The most popular tourist area, however, is Baden-Württemberg, because the Black Forest is located here.
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