Germany is a country in Central Europe. The country has developed a high standard of living and established a comprehensive system of social security. It holds a key position in European affairs and maintains a multitude of close partnerships on a global level. Germany is recognized as a scientific and technological leader in several fields.
Official Name: Federal Republic of Germany
Area: Total 357,021 km² (137,847 sq. miles)
Lowest point: Neuendorf bei Wilster -3.54 m
Highest point: Zugspitze 2,963 m
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Official language: German
Time zone: CET (UTC+1)
Dialing Code: +49
Internet top-level domain (TLD): .de
Emergency services: 112
Blue flag beaches: 35
Main International Airports: Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF), Berlin-Tegel (TXL ), Berlin-Tempelhof (THF); Frankfurt / Main (FRA); München - Munich (MUC).
Ports and terminals: Bremen, Bremerhaven, Duisburg, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Lubeck, Rostock, Wilhemshaven
Religions: Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3%
Government: Federal Parliamentary Republic
President: Horst Köhler
National holiday: Unity Day, 3 October (1990)
Population: 82,210,000 (2007)
Population density: 230 people/km²
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Total est. $2.81 trillion (2007 estimate) Per capita $34,181
Human Development Index (HDI): 0.935 (high) (2005)
Offices: Monday - Friday (09:00 - 18:00)
Banks: Monday - Friday (08:30 - 13:00; 14:30 - 16:00) (on Thursday until 18:00)
Shops: Monday - Friday: (09:00 - 18:30)
Saturdays (shopping centers) 09:00 - 16:00
Most major credit cards are widely used and accepted.
Germany is the largest country in central Europe and is home to a wealth of culturally stimulating cities as well as some of the most spectacular countryside in Europe.
With such diversity within its borders Germany is a destination that draws visitors back time and time again. Berlin is one of the most ‘happening’ cities in Europe while Frankfurt is the financial capital of Germany and one of the only cities in Europe to boast a Skyscraper skyline.
Germany is a country full of life and tradition with festivities and events occurring throughout the year such as the internationally renowned Oktoberfest beer festival held in Munich every year.
For the visitor who is looking to escape the city life Germany does not disappoint! The Black Forest in the South East of the country is the largest mountain forest in Europe and home to a whole world of tranquility. The Bavarian Alps with their snow capped peaks are definitely worth a visit for skiers, hikers and those looking to escape the hectic urban life of the city.
Germany is a country of ancient ports, open fields, forests, mountains, large cities and small towns. Germans enjoy outdoor recreation with cycling at the top of the list and hiking, skiing, sailing, and windsurfing as other popular pursuits. Berlin, the capital of Germany, is known for its art, architecture and culture from past to present.
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