Germany, officially known as Federal Republic of Germany is a European country. It is divided into 16 states, and it is the most populated European country after Russia and 16th most populated country in the world. Here are some astonishingly interesting facts about Germany:
- Germany lies in the center of Europe.
- The bordering countries are Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France , Luxemburg, Belgium and the Netherlands (clockwise from the top/North), making the count to a whooping 9 countries.
- The Baltic Sea and the North sea form the borders along with the Alps mountains and Lake Constance.
Land of Poets & Thinkers
- Germany is referred to as the land of poets and thinkers or ‘Land der dichter und denker’.
- Some of the very famous German scientists are Albert Einstein, Robert Koch and Gottlieb Daimler.
- Germany has its fair share of poets like the Grimm brothers, thomas Mann and Wolfgang con Goethe.
Beer, the country’s favourite!
- Beer is considered as a food in Bavaria officially.
- After the Irish, the Germans are those consume the most beer, making Germany the second largest consumer of Beer.
- In a pub, you would raise your thumb and not your index finger to ask for a glass of beer.
- Munich has over 60 beer gardens. These interesting facts about Germany shows how fun loving people the country has!
The German Language
- German is the most widely taught third language across the world.
- The language in which a book was first printed was German.
- Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft is the longest word to be published. It is 79 letters long.
- There are thirty five dialects of the German language.
- Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein have German as the official language.
- Germany recycles 48% of its waste. This makes it stand third in recycling after its neighbors Austria and Swiss.
- Ernst Haeckel is a German biologist who coined the term ‘Ecology’.
- Northern German coast has over 20,000 turbines that contribute to 35% of the wind energy produced in the world. These interesting facts about Germany gives a lesson to the countries who are not taking environment conditions seriously.
- The city of Berlin has the largest railway station in the world.
- Berlin is nine times bigger than the city of Paris.
- JFK visited Berlin when he said ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’. It means I am a jelly donut.
- In 1881, the world’s first electric tramway opened in a Berlin suburb Lichterfelde. Siemens and Halske Company built the tramway.
- The world’s first airline was founded on the 16th of November in 1909, in Frankfurt. It is called DELAG, expanding as Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft. It translates to German Airship Transport Corporation.
- In terms of the number of international passengers carried, Lufthansa, an airline based out of Frankfurt is the largest airline in the world. It is also Europe’s largest in terms of the number of passenger kilometer flown, fleet size and the freight ton flown.
- There are nearly seven hundred zoological gardens, bird parks, animal reserves, wildlife parks. This includes 414 registered zoos. This count is more than that of the United States.
- The Zoologischer Garten has 1500 species and 14000 as its animal population, making it the largest in these terms. It is located in Berlin.
Jeans, Gummy Bears & Christmas tree
- The German Hans Riegal invented the famous Gummy bears.
- The Christmas tree tradition started off in Germany.
- The Jeans was invented by Levi Strauss.
- The Oktoberfest is the most pompously celebrated festival. The festival is celebrated in the last week of September instead of October.