Are you looking for some Germany facts for kids? In this article we are going to provide you with some interesting facts about Germany that kids will enjoy knowing.
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.
The Capital of Germany is Berlin and it has a population of over 3.47 million people.
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.
Want to know some fun facts about Germany? Germany is also the home to the world’s oldest brewery Weihenstephaner Brewery. There are more than 1300 which make 5000 different types of beer.
One of the most unique facts about Germany is that Germany has the highest number of zoos in the world with more than 400 officially recognized zoos. It also has many wildlife parks, aquariums and other natural reserves.
There are over 150 castles in Germany, although most of them have been converted to hotels. Many old German aristocrats still reside in these castles.
One of the most important historical facts about Germany is that the Cologne cathedral located in Cologne took 632 long years to be fully built. It is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world.
Germany is known for its fabulous baked goods and pastries. There are over 300 types of bread and 1200 different types of cakes and pastries that are produced in Germany.
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.
The cuckoo clock that features a small bird appearing through a wooden trap door was invented in Germany in the 17th century. As the bird comes out of the trap, it chirps like a cuckoo as the clock strikes the hour.
The Black Forest in Germany is a wooded mountain range in Germany in the southwestern region of Baden-Württemberg. The forest was so named because the dense growth of conifers does not allow sunlight to penetrate through the trees, making the area dark.
Traditional German clothing consisted of tracht which are made of linen and lederhosen which are pants made of leather.
Germans have a fondness for sausages as is evident from more than 1200 varieties of sausages that are to be found here.
One of the most popular fests in Germany is the Oktoberfest. It is a 16 day festival which is actually a public celebration which is characterized by music, dance and people guzzling down beer and food.