Population· The population of Germany in 2011 was 81,471,834. Most of theseinhabitants were born in Germany and have resided there since birth,however much of the population also come from neighboring countries suchas Turkey.• Germany is the second most populous country Europe under Russia.• East Germany is less populated with about 140 people per square kilometer. West Germany is more populated with about 270 people per square kilometer according to Germanculture.com• On the next page I have included a chart showing the population from
COMMUNICATION· The official language of Germany is German· 95 % of the people in Germany do speak German, however today many peoplealso speak English. When interviewing my Grandmother she said that so manypeople are able to speak English because Americans have been in Germanysince World War II.· Many other languages that are spoken in Germany include Turkish, Danish andRomani.· Although German is spoken by most of the country, the language varies fromdistrict to district. Each person may speak German, but have a different accentdepending on their location.· When addressing an individual in Germany that is older you put the word “Sie”which translates to “it” before there name. When addressing a child you woulduse the word “du” which means “you”.
GERMAN GREETINGS· In Germany, the polite way to greet someone is to shake their hands. It is properetiquette to shake hands with each person of a group that you encounter.· In Germany, it is proper etiquette to have both hands on the table during meals. It isalso proper to wish everyone “Guten Apetit” which means “Good Apetite” before ameal.·Germans are very punctual, so it is important to always be ontime!· In Germany, it is considered impolite to wave or shout when getting someone’sattention. Instead you should raise your hand with your palm out and your indexfinger extended.· When saying “Goodbye” Germans say “Auf Wiedersehen”,“Hello” is pronounced “Hallo”.
RELIGION· The two main religions of Germany are Roman Catholic and Protestant.· Many German festivals and traditions date back to pre-Christian times.The purpose of some festivals were to drive out the ghosts of winter andbring Spring early.· Many festivals are based on holidays from the religious calender such asEaster and Christmas.· The festival known as Christkindlesmarket meaning Christmas market isfestival planned around the Christmas Holiday.
GOVERNMENT/ Economy·The capitol of Germany is Berlin.·Joachim Gauck is the current president of Germany. The former democraticactivist was elected President in March of 2012.· Germany is under a Democratic government, meaning that the people ofGermany have a voice and a vote about things within their country.·Germany is the largest economy in Europe·Like the rest of the world, Germany has also been in economic recovery andhas been the leader in the recovery.
National Anthem of Germany Das Deutschlandlied The Germany Song Deutschland, Deutschland über alles, Germany, Germany above all, Über alles in der Welt, Above all in the world, Wenn es stets zu Schutz und Trutze When, for protection and defence, it always Brüderlich zusammenhält. takes a brotherly stand together. Von der Maas bis an die Memel, From the Meuse to the Memel, Von der Etsch bis an den Belt, From the Adige to the Belt,|: Deutschland, Deutschland über alles, |: Germany, Germany above everything, Über alles in der Welt! :| Above everything in the world. :|Deutsche Frauen, deutsche Treue, German women, German loyalty,Deutscher Wein und deutscher Sang German wine and German songSollen in der Welt behalten Shall retain in the worldIhren alten schönen Klang, Their old beautiful chimeUnd zu edler Tat begeistern And inspire us to noble deedsUnser ganzes Leben lang. During all of our life.|: Deutsche Frauen, deutsche Treue, |: German women, German loyalty,Deutscher Wein und deutscher Sang! :| German wine and German song! :|Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit Unity and justice and freedomFür das deutsche Vaterland! For the German fatherland!Danach lasst uns alle streben For these let us all striveBrüderlich mit Herz und Hand! Brotherly with heart and hand!Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit Unity and justice and freedomSind des Glückes Unterpfand; Are the pledge of fortune;|: Blüh im Glanze dieses Glückes, |: Bloom in this fortunes blessing,Blühe, deutsches Vaterland. :| Bloom, German fatherland. :|
ROMANCE/MARRIAGE• In Germany people wear their wedding rings on their right hand instead of their left.• Germany is thought to be a “romantic” country because of all the castles, old towns and palaces.· Marriages in Germany are the same as here in America. The couple will start with an engagement and then continue by planning and having a wedding ceremony followed by a reception.
LAND & CLIMATE OF GERMANY·Germany is about the size of Montana and being populated with over 80 millionpeople makes it a very populated country.· Although Germany is so populated it is still about 31% woodland.·Germany borders the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.·The North Sea floods up to eleven times a year, thus causing people to build theirhouses on “Halligens” or mini islands to avoid the flooding.·The Lunenburger Heide is a stretch of land in Germany that stretches from theWeser River to the city of Hamburg. This land if filled with juniper, heather andforests and in the late summer the fields are filled with the color purple.Automobiles are forbidden in this area but horse and buggy are available forguests.·The Lunenburger Heide is also known for a special breed of lamb that residesthere known as the “Heidschnucken”· Germany is very mountainous, being surrounded by mountains such as theSwabian Alb and Bavarian Forest.
TRAVEL· Germany is part of the Shengen Agreement, which means that any U.S.Citizen may enter the country for up to 90 days without having a visa.· The cities of Germany offer something for everyone from shopping tohistory to nightlife.· The top 11 Cities to visit in Germany are Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt,Hannover, Dusseldorf, Leipzig, Munich, Nurnberg, Stuttgart, and Cologne.The cities offer many different, interesting places and activities fortravelers.· Germany is known for its select beers, great architecture and vast arrayof history
TRAVEL CONT.· Lufthansa is the airline that most travelers take to reach Germany.· This picture was taken from a travel magazine- Happy Days in Germany. DeutscheZentrale Für Tourismus Ev.
EDUCATION/WORK· Universities in Germany are highly prestigious not only toGermany natives, but also to transfer students from around theworld. · German schools are different than American schools. Once thestudents reach the age of 10 they go into 4 different types ofschools. The school of choice sets the future of the schools thatthey will attend.
HOLIDAYS· In Germany, the Holidays of the year are basically the same as inAmerica. *Thanksgiving *Easter * Christmas *Oktoberfest * New Years· The people of Germany also celebrate Mardi Gras and of courseBirthday’s.
FUN FACTS OF GERMANY· In Bayern, a city of Germany a normal size beer glass is 1 liter !· Germany ranks second in beer consumption per person under Ireland.· Wine is also a popular drink in Germany, and is the national drink ofGermany.·When driving in Germany, many people will use the Autobahnen. This isone of the fastest highways in the world. The average speed for a car onthis highway is 130 km/hr.
Oktoberfest is a celebration in Germany that starts the third week inSeptember and goes through until the first week in October. Oktoberfestbegan in 1810 as a celebration for a Royal Wedding. The celebrationcontinued after the wedding in front of the city gates of Munich. Horse raceswere a big part of this celebration and the decision to continue the horseraces during this time led to Oktoberfest. In 1896 beer tents were set up toaccommodate the growing need for refreshment during this celebration andthus led to the tasting of beers from different breweries. More than sixmillion people attend Oktoberfest every year in Munich .In 2011 the 178thOktoberfest was celebrated in the United States.www.germanstl.org - Headline Picture
More than six million people attend Oktoberfest every year in Munich .In 2011the 178th Oktoberfest was celebrated in the United States.http://losttraveltours.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/12-days-oktoberfest-2011-germany/
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