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Germany is the most populous European country (apart from Russia), with a population of 82 million. You probably didn’t know the following surprising and odd facts about this European country!

  • There are 35 dialects of the German language.
  • German is spoken by more than 100 million people worldwide.
  • Germany is Europe’s largest economy.
  • Germany is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
    Germany Facts

    The Berlin Wall was constructed as a way of preventing East Berliners from entering West Berlin. It was not so much a boundary for West Berliners wanting to enter the East, who were able to do so by obtaining a permit several weeks in advance.

  • The working week in Germany also includes Saturday.
  • Germans are the second largest beer consumers in the world, after the Irish.
  • Beer is officially considered a food in Bavaria.
  • There are over 300 kinds of bread in Germany.
  • There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
  • Germans answer the phone with their surname instead of Hello.
  • There are more soccer fan clubs in Germany than in any other country.
  • There are over 150 castles in Germany.
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Barbie doll made after her.
  • Albert Einstein, the most recognized scientist in the world, was German and born in Ulm.
  • The Christmas tree (Tannenbaum) tradition came from Germany.
  • Gummy Bears were invented by the German Hans Riegel.
  • The first printed book was in German.
  • Other notable German inventions include: the telephone, diesel engine, aspirin, fluorescent lamp, and the pregnancy test.
  • Famous German composers include Beethoven, Schumann, Bach, Wagner, Strauss, and Handel.
  • Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany.
  • The world’s tallest cathedral is in Ulm.
  • Berlin has the largest train station in Europe.
  • With an area of 891 square kilometres, Berlin is nine times bigger than Paris.
  • The biggest festival is called Oktoberfest, but starts in September.

Check out our printable Germany flags for kids, here!

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