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General facts

Population: 80.6 million

Capital: Berlin

Official language: German

Currency: Euro

Religions: Roman Catholic and Protestant

Motto: Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit (Unity and Justice and Freedom)

National Anthem: Das Leid der Deutschen

Interesting facts

  • Germany is made up of 16 states known as Länder or Bundesland.
  • Germany has the largest economy in Europe and the 4th largest in the world.
  • Ulm Cathedral is the tallest church in the world at 530 feet.
  • The engineering, chemical, pharmaceutical and solar energy technology industries are among the largest in Germany.
  • The Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961 to prevent people in East Berlin entering West Berlin and came down on 9th November 1989 paving the way for German reunification.
  • Some of the world’s most well-known classical composers were German including Beethoven, Brach, Brahms and Mozart.

Tips for doing business in Germany

  • Always make sure you’re on time for meetings as they will start promptly.
  • Small talk is not as common, so it’s best to get straight to the point in presentations and conversations.
  • Always use a German colleague’s title and surname in emails as titles are important in German business culture.

More obscurely, did you know...

  • There is an entire museum dedicated to the infamous Currywurst!
  • There is a barbie doll replica of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • The first ever book was printed in German.