Germany Facts


In the year 2011 Germany had 80.2 million inhabitants from which 40 million people were working. 53,2 % of the work force were male and 46,8 % female. The number of foreigners living in Germany is roughly 8,9 percent.

Germany Population Development PDF


In 2012 Germany exported goods valued 1 097,3 billion Euro and imported goods valued 909,1 billion Euro. This is a plus of 188,3 billion Euro. In 2012 the german exports were 3,4 % higher and the imports 0,7 % higher compared to 2011.

Ressources: Statistische Bundesamt, Wiesbaden/Germany

Unemployment Benefit Receivers

The number of Unemployment Benefit Receivers went down from 2005 to 2011 from 1,73 million to 829.193 people (minus 52,0 %).

Low birth rate and rising life expectation are leading to a dramatic shift between young and old generation. The number of people who were under 20 years old was reduced between 1960 and 2010 from 28,4 to 18,4 percent. The number of people who were over 60 years old were rising from 17,4 to 26,3 percent.
Ressources: Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, Germany

Beer Consumption in Germany

Beer consumption in Germany went down and will go down in the future. In 1999 a German citizen drank 127,5 litres of beer, but 5 years later in 2004 he consumed 115,5 litres of beer, which is 12.5 litres less, and 3 years later in 2007 he drank 112,5 litres only, 3 litres less. A further decline is expected.

Smoking in Germany

Death through Smoking can be avoided. Just stop smoking and that' it!. This simple truth is known to many but nonetheless many people don't stop smoking.

But millions of people have stopped smoking and smoking is less and less tolerated in Germany, especially in offices and restaurants. When you visit a non-smoking German in his apartment he expects that you go outside and smoke on his balcony but not in his home.

Most smokers are in third-world countries but the number of smokers in industrial countries is declining. Example: In Korea 68 percent of all men are smokers, in Russia 67 percent and in Bangladesh 60 percent. In Germany around 29 percent of people are smoking.

But young germans, especially girls, around 15 years of age, start smoking.

For every smoker, who dies or stops smoking, the cigarette industry must find a new young smoker to keep going. 82 percent of all grown-up smokers have started smoking before they reached 20 years of age. If you have reached 20 years of age without smoking then you have good chances, to stay a non-smoker for the rest of your life. The one who started smoking as a teen probably stays a smoker until his early death.

German Forests

Germany is well wooded and has the most forests in Europe. Around one-third of Germany is forest.

Most forests are in Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland, they consist 40% of forest. Less forests are in Sachsen (20%) and Schleswig-Holstein (10%).

But 99% of german forests are working forests and were grown and are controlled by man. 40% of forests in Germany consist of spruce wood.

Wood is Germany's biggest raw material source. In the wood working industry are more people employed than in the german car industry.


Learn some facts about Germany before you go there. This helps to get an idea about the people and the country. After all you don't want to appear completely ignorant.

Staat  (state, government) Demokratischer parlamentarischer Bundesstaat seit 1949
Hauptstadt (Capital city):  Berlin mit 3,4 Millionen Einwohner (inhabitants)

The escalating german debt is frightening as it can't be stopped anymore.

Deutsche Staatsverschuldung - German National Debt

Staatsschulden pro Kopf in Deutschland

Schuldenuhr in Berlin

Staatsflagge: (flag) Drei horizontale Streifen in Schwarz, Rot und Gold (three horizontal stripes in black,red and gold

Staatswappen: Stilisierter Adler

Hymne: Dritte Strophe ( third verse ) von August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallerslebens „Das Lied der Deutschen” zur Melodie von (to the melody from) Joseph Haydns „Kaiser­­hymne"

Nationalfeiertag 3. Oktober, Tag der Deutschen Einheit  (day of the german unity)

Parlament: Deutscher Bundestag

Zeitzone: (timezone)  MEZ / MESZ

Währung: (currency) Deutschland gehört zur (belongs to) Eurozone, 1 Euro = 100 Cents

Telefonvorwahl +49 Internet-TLD .de 

Amtssprache: (official language) Deutsch. 100 million people consider German as their native language. 

Find out more about German Visa Regulations

Biggest Rivers: Donau, Rhein, Elbe, Oder, Mosel,  Main.

Germany consists of 16 States

Baden-Württemberg, Freistaat Bayern, Berlin, Brandenburg, Freie Hansestadt Bremen, Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Hessen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Freistaat Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Freistaat Thüringen.

Im Jahr 2006 lebten 18.000 Menschen ohne Unterkunft auf der Straße. Ungefähr 33% davon waren Kinder und Jugendliche.
In 2006 around 18.000 people were homeless and lived on the streets. Around thirty-three percent of those were kids and teenagers.

In Deutschland sind 1,3 Millionen Personen alkoholabhängig. Etwa 10 Prozent machen eine Therapie. Jährlich sterben etwa 42.000 Personen direkt (durch Alkoholmissbrauch) oder indirekt (unter anderem durch alkoholbedingte Unfälle) an den Folgen des Alkoholkonsums.
In Germany there are around 1.3 million people addicted to alcohol. About ten percent make a therapy. Every year around 42.000 people die directly (through alcohol abuse) or indirectly (through accidents caused by alcohol abuse) at the consequences of alcohol abuse.

Wenn du über fünfzig Jahre alt bist wirst du mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit keine Arbeit in Deutschland  mehr bekommen.
If you are over 50 years old you most likely will not find another job in Germany.

Fast alle Menschen in Deutschland sind krankenversichert.
Nearly all people in Germany are health insured.

Zusammen mit den USA und Japan ist Deutschland eines der innovativsten Ländern der Welt.
Together with the USA and Japan, Germany belongs to the most innovative countries in the world.

Die Lebenserwartung von Männern ist 77 Jahre, von Frauen 82 Jahre.
The Life expectancy for men is 77 years and for women 82 years.

Du brauchst kein Auto in Deutschland. Öffentlicher Transport ist gut und zuverlässig. Reise weite Entfernungen in Deutschland mit Zügen.
You don't need a car in Germany. Public transport is good and reliable. Travel long distances in Germany with trains.

German Alps
Berchtesgaden National Park
Zugspitze - highest mountain in Germany
Loreley Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle
Danube River Germany
Rhine River Germany
Economy of Germany
German Signs
Current Fuel Oil Prices
German Mentality
Kornkreise in Germany
Glass recycling in Germany
Living in Germany what upsets you?
Top 10 Festivals in Germany

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