Germany

Best Country In The World!

Germany

Germany, the 5th biggest country in Europe, is the best tourist attraction-filled country out there! It's capital is Berlin and the most populated cities are Hamburg, Munich Cologne, and Frankenfurtam Main. It's tourist filled attractions are Berin's Brandenburg Gate, Kölner Dom, and the Neuschwanstein Castle. It joins the EU in 1950

Currency

From Before to Now

In 1999 there was an important change in the currency, from the Deutsche Mark to the Euro as bank money of the common currency of all. Since 2002, the euro was also used as cash money. The exchanging rate of DM into Euro was, and still is 1.96:1.

An interesting aspect at the conversion of the currency from DM into the Euro is that also after many years the DM is still convertible. 10 years after the Euro as the common currency there are still billions of DM in use. The money can be exchanged at the German Bundesbank and in some shops you can still pay with DM.

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Location and Geography

Germany is located in Central Europe and is made up of the North German Plain, the Central German Uplands (Mittelgebirge), and the Southern German Highlands. The Bavarian plateau in the southwest averages 1,600 ft (488 m) above sea level, but it reaches 9,721 ft (2,962 m) in the Zugspitze Mountains, the highest point in the country. Germany's big rivers are the Danube, the Elbe, the Oder, the Weser, and the Rhine. Germany is about the size of Montana.
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Major Cities and Capital

Facts, Government, Flag

Flag

The flag of Germany was remade on May 23, 1949. It had been Germany's flag since 1848 until 1871. In 1919, Germany became a republic and the black, red and gold flag was re-used until the Nazis took over in 1933. In 1949 the flag was again used as the flag of West Germany (Germany was split into East and West Germany after the war) and then in 1990, Germany was reunited.
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Government

Germany is a parliamentary democracy governed under the constitution of 1949, which became the constitution of a united Germany in 1990. A parlimantary democracy is where all the supreme power lies in the citizens to elect a person to represent them.

3 Interesting Facts

1) It is illegal to tune pianos at midnight.



2) A "quiet time" is observed between noon and 3pm when it is forbidden to mow the lawn, wash cars, play loud music or hammer nails.



3) A pillow is classified as a "passive weapon" and hitting someone with one can lead to charges of assault.