The most interesting facts about Germany

Germany has a population over 81 million people.

One-third of Germany is still covered in forests and woodlands.

Germany is a member of the European Union.

65% of the highways in Germany (Autobahn) have no speed limit.

University is free for everyone (even non-Germans).

There are over 2100 castles in Germany.

There are over 1,500 different beers in Germany.

Berlin has the largest train station in Europe.

Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice.

Germany is composed of sixteen states. The states have their own constitution and are largely autonomous in regard to their internal organization. At the municipal level, Germany is divided into 403 districts (kreise), of which 301 are rural districts and 102 urban districts. Bavaria is the largest state.

Germany is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

Germany shares borders with nine other countries. Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Germany is the EU’s largest economy. With a gross domestic product (GDP) of 3.73 trillion USD,  and lies fourth place in the world behind the US, China and Japan.

Germany is one of the world’s largest car producers. Selling 5.9 million cars in 2011. VW’s Golf is one of the best selling cars of all time: in 2012 ,it sold more than 430,000 Golfs around Europe (125,000 ahead of its nearest rival). In 2013, the top-selling car brands in Germany were Volkswagen, Mercedes. Audi and BMW.

The following cities have all at one time or another been capitals of Germany: Aachen, Regensburg , Frankfurt-am-Main, Nuremberg, Berlin, Weimar, Bonn (and East Berlin), and, since 1990, Berlin again.

The first printed book was in German.

Germany is one of the world’s leading book nations. Publishing around 94,000 titles every year.

The first magazine ever seen was launched in 1663 in Germany.

Germany was the first country in the world to adopt Daylight saving time – DST, also known as summer time. This occured in 1916, in the midst of WWI.

German is the most widely taught third language across the world.

German remains the language with the most native speakers in Europe.

Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein have German as the official language.

WHY GERMANY

10 REASONS TO STUDY IN GERMANY

1. With more than 400 higher education institutions across the country, Germany provides each student with the possibility to choose more than 14,000 Bachelor and Master degree programs.

2. 11 out of the 16 states in Germany have no tuition fees at all, while some states require a maximum of only 500€ per year. 

3. German universities and their professional academic staff offer high quality and up to date education in Engineering, Medicine, Science and Economics. 

4. The cost of living, on average, is around 700-800€ including rent, food, transport, health insurance, telephone/internet, study materials and leisure activities. 

5. There are many scholarship possibilities offered for international students to fund their studies by DAAD German Academic Exchange Service) and also many political and business foundations. 

6. Many universities offer international courses in English language as well. So knowing German to study in Germany is not mandatory but is recommended. 

7. International students are allowed to work for 90 full working days or 180 half working days in a year in order to support themselves. Typical student wages range from 10 to 15 Euros an hour. 

8. Foreign students are allowed to stay for a year after graduation, in the event of looking for a job. Germany offer long-term work opportunities for successful students. 

9. Besides studying, you have the chance to live and explore one of the world’s most developed countries and its unique culture, history and landscape. 

10. Whether you’ll study as an international student, enjoy a beer at Oktoberfest, eat a tasty wurst sausage in Frankfurt or  watch a Bayern soccer game, you’ll have an unforgettable experience in Germany.