Did you know that…?
- The population of Germany is approximately 82 million. This makes it the European Member state with the highest number of inhabitants, representing 15% of the entire EU population.
- Germany ranks third in the world in terms of Nobel laureates, taking the credit for 106 awards. 24 of these awards have been in the fields of Physics and Chemistry. The famous German scientist Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in 1921 due to his landmark discovery of photoelectric effect laws. The first laureate to receive the award for his service in physics was Germany’s Wilhelm Rontgen in 1901, for discovering the X-Ray in 1895. Germany’s Emil Von Behring, who discovered the diphtheria serum, also received the first medicine award in the same year.
- Germany is home to many world-famous composers of classical music, e.g. Bach, Haendel, Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner and Richard Strauss.
- Germany is home to world-famous authors: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Heinrich heine, Thomas Mann, Günther Grass.
- The Germans occupy the third position of the world beer rating (after the Czechs and the Austrians): beer consumption per capita here is about 106 l of beer per year.
- Germany was the first country in the world to adopt daylight saving time. This happened at the height of the First World War (1916).
- Almost 70% of German federal Motorways have no speed limit.
- There are more than 300 varieties of baked bread in Germany.
- German is the third most popular language in the world. It is official in 5 countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.
- Germany takes the credit for the origin of the Christmas tree tradition, which started in the 16thcentury. The Germans spread this culture to other parts of the world as well. For example, the first Christmas tree in America was seen in 1830s in the household of German Settlers.
- German Restaurants have the second highest awardance of Michelin stars after France.
- Germany is home to over 6,000 museums.
Watch the video, if you are interested in more interesting and amazing facts about Germany:
Gerd Alscher, NC EUROPEA Germany