10 Fun Facts About Germany: Part 1
This is the start of a whole new series on the Goethe Does Atlanta blog focusing on fun facts about Germany! We all love a good fun fact and this is about to become your one stop shop to impress your friends with random facts about Germany!
Fun Fact 1:
Over 800 million currywurst are eaten in Germany each year! That’s right, it seems Germans can’t get enough of this sausage based snack! It consists of a pork sausage with a curry ketchup sauce made from ketchup and curry powder. It’s a street food cult classic in Germany – about 7 million are eaten in Berlin alone – there’s even a museum in the capital city dedicated to the super popular snack! If you haven’t tried one, now is the time to do it! You can even make it at home – check out this recipe for some tips!
Fun Fact 2:
Germany has a legal say on what babies can be named . That’s right, if you’ve picked a name for your child that is a little different be prepared to have it declined by the Government! German law bans names that don’t denote a gender and the use of a family name as a first name. In 2016, the most popular children’s names were Mia for a girl and Ben for a boy.
Fun Fact 3:
Germany is one of the world’s largest car producers. Ok, so this might not come as a shock at all! We all know German cars are some of the best in the world! Nearly 24.5 million German cars were sold worldwide in 2016 – that’s a LOT of cars! VW’s Golf is one of the best selling cars of all time.
Fun Fact 4:
The capital of Berlin has more bridges than Venice! So you thought Venice had a lot of bridges being built on the water, right? Turns out Berlin has more boasting 960 bridges and 59.8 square kilometres of water consisting of lakes and around 180 kilometres of navigable waterways. Combined with its surrounding state Brandenburg, it houses Europe’s largest inland water network. Who would have thought!
Fun Fact 5:
Germany was the first country in the world to adopt Daylight saving time. Spring forward, fall back! Those efficient Germans were the first people to do just that! In 1916 n the midst of WWI, the Germans decided to put their clocks forward an hour in summer and back and hour in fall in a bit to conserve energy. It seems to have stuck and migrated to many other countries around the world!
Fun Fact 6:
Prison escape is not punishable by law in Germany. German law maintains that it’s a basic human instinct to be free and therefore, prisoners have the right to escape jail. So, if you ever find yourself locked up in a German jail (let’s hope not!) feel free to break out – it’s your right! However, don’t expect no punishment at all – prisoners are held liable if they cause damage to property or inflict bodily harm against any individual upon their breakout!
Fun Fact 7:
It’s illegal to run out of fuel on the German Autobahn. Ever found yourself stranded at the side of the highway or interstate because you played gas light roulette and ran our of gas? Just make sure you don’t do it in Germany! Although not forbidden, motorists are only allowed to stop on the legendary high speed highway for emergencies and having an empty tank of gas is not classes as an emergency. Drivers can be fined and also have their licenses suspended for up to six months! Walking or running in the highway system is also illegal and is punishable by a fine of around EUR 90. No time for messing around on the Autobahn!
Fun Fact 8:
Germany boasts some of world’s most famous inventions. The light bulb, the automated calculator, the automobile – Germany is responsible for quite a few inventions you know! Let’s add to that the discovery of insulin, the invention of the clarinet, the pocket watch, paraffin, petrol/gasoline and diesel engines, the automobile engine, difference gears, the motocycle, the jet engine, the LCD screen, the Walkman…the list goes on! Do some research – we’re sure you’ll find many more!
Fun Fact 9:
Germany’s capital city has changed seven times. These cities have all at one time or another been capitals of modern-day German territory: Aachen (during the Carolingian Empire), Regensburg, Frankfurt-am-Main, Nuremberg, Berlin, Weimar (unofficially, during unrest in Berlin), Bonn (and East Berlin), and, since 1990, Berlin again. Phew! Try keeping up with that! Thankfully, it seems Berlin is staying as the capital for a long time!
Fun Fact 10:
Fanta originated in Germany as a result of the Second World War. Atlanta may be the home of Coca-Cola but Germany created Fanta! Due to a trade embargo that prevented importing Coca-Cola syrup into Germany, the head of Coca-Cola in the country decided to create a domestic product for the market using available ‘leftover’ products like whey and apple pomace. It’s the second oldest brand of the Coca-Cola Company and its second most popular drink outside of the United States. It’s consumed 130 million times every day around the world. And, mixed with Coca-Cola, the Germans like to enjoy it as Mezzo-Mix!
So there you have it – 10 fun facts about Germany that you can impress your friends with! Stay tuned guys, we’ll have another 10 facts on the blog soon!
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