Germany is a Central European country and is bordered by Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Luxembourg and Netherlands. With a population of over 82 million it is one of the most densely populated countries. Germany is one of the super powers of the world and it had played a key role in shaping the history of the world. Germany is officially known as the Federal Republic of Germany and is known as Bundesrepublik Deutschland in German.
Germany is surrounded by mountain ranges as well as extensive uplands and lowland plains. It consists of the Bavarian Alps in the South and the Mittelgebirge in the center. It is also surrounded by the North Sea and Baltic Sea in the North and South coasts.
Germany has a temperate climate with temperatures ranging from 22-30º C in the summers and which falls below 0º C in the winters. More than 30 percent of land in Germany is covered by forests and it has 97 natural reserves. Here we will present to you some interesting facts about Germany. The life expectancy of an average German man is 73 years and that of a German woman is 80 years.
There are 16 states in Germany and they are Baden-Württemberg, Hamburg, Bavaria, Saarland, Berlin, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Bremen, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Rhineland-Palatinate, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia.
A very important Germany fact is that after the world war II, Germany was split into two separate states: The Western Federal Republic of Germany and the Eastern German Democratic Republic. Germany was thereafter unified again into a single state in 1990. The country has considerable natural resources in the form of coal, lignite, copper, iron ore, uranium, potash, natural gas, nickel and timber.
The primary ethnic group in Germany consists of German 91.5%, Turkish 2.4% and 6.1% of other ethnic groups which consists of Greek, Italian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Polish and Spanish. German is the main language that is spoken throughout the country and the major religions are Protestants, Roman Catholics and Muslims. An interesting German facts for kids is that it is the second most populous country after Russia in Europe and it is the fifth largest economy in the world. 11 percent of the German population live below the poverty line and the unemployment rate in Germany is 7.5 percent. Germany has a very high literacy rate of 99%.
Germany is also a member of United Nations, G8, NATO and G20. It is also one of the major economic superpowers of the world. One of the most interesting Hitler facts is that he was a struggling painter in Vienna and he was rejected twice by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. There is great controversy regarding the death of Adolf Hitler. Although the official report is suicide, many conspiracy theorist suggest that his death was in fact faked and he went into hiding to create the new Third Reich. Germany is the second largest consumer of beer in the world after Ireland and an average German drinks 119 liters per year.
We cannot talk about Germany without mentioning Albert Einstein who is one of the most famous German. This world-renowned physicist, and Nobel laureate was born in Ulm, Germany.
Germany is well-known for its superior automobile industry and earns considerable revenue by exporting machinery, chemical goods and automobiles. But there are many fun German facts for kids that will make learning about Germany more interesting.
One of the most famous places in Germany is the city of Trier which was known as "second Rome" as it was the home of several Roman emperors.