Physical Characteristics• Germany is separate into there sections; north, central and southern Germany.• Germany has three rivers that enter the country. – The Elbe and Rhine river connect Germany to the sea .• The area is mostly elevated in southern part while the northern part is flat.
Physical Characteristics continued • Northern Germany is covered by the North German Plain. • The Alps are located in Southern Germany, bordering Switzerland and Austria.
Cultural Characteristics• The official language of Germany is German. – Different dialects of German is spoken in Germany• 64% of Germans are Christians and 31% are Catholic. – 5% of Germans live under another religion
Customs & Traditions• Every year during October in Germanys capital city Munich, a beer festival takes place.• German Unity Day, October 3rd celebrates the date when the Reunification Treaty was signed.• In Germany they celebrate Christmas so much that their celebrations begin December six.
Economy• Germany is the largest national economy in Europe – The fourth-largest by nominal GDP in the world.• Exports account for more than one-third of national output.• Well known global brands are Mercedes Benz, BMW, Adidas, Audi, Porsche, DHL, T-Mobile, Lufthansa, and Nivea.
History• 500 BC, the Germanic tribes appear in northern Germany.• 1914 Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.• 1914 - 1918 World War I.• 1933 Adolf Hitler appointed Chancellor of Germany.• 1934 Hitler pronounces himself Fuehrer.• 1933 - 1945 Nazi Germany• 1942-1945 Holocaust
History Continued• 1939 - 1945 World War II• 1961 Berlin Wall is built• 1991 Berlin named new capital