Germany

By: Gavin A

Germany By: Gavin A

This article will teach you everything you need to know about Germany. It will teach you about Germany's geography, government, economy, social and ethnic groups, religion, language, country flag, and traditional holidays, clothing, and food.

Geography

The northern part of Germany consists of plains and very flat land. The southern part of Germany consists of hills and mountains. Germany's climate during the summers is warm. Germany's climate during the winter is very cold and wet. This week the highest temperature Germany will get is 52 degrees fahrenheit. The lowest temperature Germany will get this week is 34 degrees fahrenheit. This week the highest temperature is Germany has access to both the Baltic Sea, and the North Sea. Germany has about 800 islands. The capital of Germany is Berlin. Germany's major cities include Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt am Main, Essen, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Bayern, Munich, Hessen, Halle, and Bremen.

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Government

Germany's government is a parliamentary democracy. The current leader is Joachim Gauck.

The lawmaking body of the government is called Bundestag. This is a limited form of government because the government only has a limited amount of power. Both Germany and the United State's governments are democracies. In both forms of governments, citizens get to vote for their leaders. Germany joined the United Nations on September 18, 1973. Germany is one of the biggest donors of foreign aid. The United States is one of Germany closest allies, as well as Italy and Japan.

Economy

The currency Germany uses is called a euro. 1 euro is equal to 1.11 U.S. dollars. Germany's top exports are petroleum gas, helicopters, planes, spacecrafts, vehicle parts, and cars. Germany's top imports are cars, vehicle parts, crude petroleum, and refined petroleum. Germany's GDP per capita is 35,862 euros. This makes the U.S. look wealthy, because the U.S. GDP per capita is 53,042 USD.

Social and Ethnic Groups

The biggest ethnic groups in Germany are German, and Turkish. Most children in Germany go to school, and start school at age 3-4. Men and women in Germany have equal rights. In Germany you must be 18 years old to vote. The literacy rate in Germany is 99% for both males and females.

Religion, Language, and Country Flag

The dominating religion in Germany is Christianity which is about 67% of the population. The official language of Germany is German. The flag was considered the national flag of Germany in 1919. It stands for the colors of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. A black eagle with red claws and a red beak on a gold shield.
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Tradition Holidays, Clothing, and Food

One of Germany's traditional holidays is May Day. On May 1st, people celebrate the spring weather. They celebrate by lighting bonfires and spending the evening and night outside. Some people also celebrate by pulling pranks. Also, Maypoles are put up for May Day. Like the U.S. people in Germany are able to wear anything from T-Shirts to tuxedos. One of Germany's most famous foods is Kasespatzle. Kasespatzle is noodles made from flour and egg, usually topped with cheese, or onions and served warm.
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