10 Fun Facts About Germany: Part 2
It’s time for another installment of 10 fun facts about Germany – are you ready to impress your friends with your new knowledge? Read on!
Fun Fact 1
With 81 million people, Germany has the largest population in the European Union. Yes, you read that right, more people live in Germany than in any other country in the European Union – wow! 81 million – that’s a lot of people!
Fun Fact 2
One third of Germany is still covered in forests and woodlands. There may be 81 million people living there but there’s still a LOT of forests and woodlands!
Fun Fact 3
65% of the Autobahn has no speed limit. If you’re looking to drive a fast car Germany is the place to do it! A large amount of the country’s interstates don’t have speed limits meaning you can drive as fast as you want! Just make sure you don’t keep to those speeds on the sections where a speed limit is in use, it could be expensive!
Fun Fact 4
Germany shares borders with nine other countries. Can you name them? We’ll help you out a little – Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. That’s a lot of countries to have as neighbors!
Fun Fact 5
Germany has a love of long words. Find a long word and it’s usually German! German’s love to attach words together to make new ones, meaning some of the shortest words in the English language can be very long ones in German! Here’s the longest word ever published: Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft – it’s 79 letters long!
Fun Fact 6
There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany. Forget the ever popular Bratwurst, there are many, many, many more sausages to try! How many have you tried?
Fun Fact 7
The Christmas tree tradition came from Germany. Those Christmas trees that appear every year, did you know that the tradition actually comes from Germany? Yes, the Tannenbaum sparked the love of a Christmas tree all over the world!
Fun Fact 8
Climate change and energy policies are big in Germany. In fact the country is a leader in these fields. It made a decision in 2011 to decommission all nuclear power stations by 2022 and to replace them with renewable energies and new storage for green electricity.
Fun Fact 9
Looking for somewhere to grow old? Try Germany! The country is rated highly as a good place to grow old – life expectancy in Germany is almost 81 years – 83 for women and 78 for men – and just over 26 percent of the population is currently over 60. Germany is a good place to retire: it ranks fourth (out of 96 countries) in the Global Age Watch Index for well-being among the elderly.
Fun Fact 10
Germany is a super cultural place! It has more cultural activities and places than any other country, with 6,200 museums, 820 theaters, 130 professional orchestras and 8,800 libraries. There are more museums, exhibition halls and art galleries than any other country, with more people going to exhibitions than to soccer matches.
And there you have it – another 10 fun facts about Germany! See what your friends think of those! Stay tuned for more!
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