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Germany Introduction

Germany is a large country in central Europe. From 1949 to 1990, it was divided into the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany).

On Oct. 3, 1990, East and West Germany were unified into a single nation, also called the Federal Republic of Germany.

A Short Background

As Western Europe's richest and most populous nation, Germany remains a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations.

European power struggles immersed the country in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945.

With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR).

The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC and NATO, while the communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact.

The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then Germany has expended considerable funds to bring eastern productivity and wages up to western standards.

In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries formed a common European currency, the euro.

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Topography of Germany - Read more about the geography and topography of Germany

History of Germany - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of Germany

Life & People of Germany - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of Germany

Local Cuisine of Germany - Find out delicious local cuisines of Germany

Holidays in Germany - Check out a list of the local holidays in Germany

Festivals in Germany - Learn about the festivals in Germany

Embassies of Germany - Provides an Embassy database for Germany

Administration facts of Germany - Learn about the governmental administration facts of Germany

Newstands in Germany - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of Germany

Attractions in Germany - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in Germany

Maps of Germany - Discover a detailed map of Germany

Map Database of Germany - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of Germany

Flags of Germany - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of Germany. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of Germany - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of Germany

Shopping in Germany - Find out the best places for shopping in Germany

Restaurants in Germany - Browse a list of eat-outs in Germany

Geography of Germany - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Germany

People of Germany - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Germany

Government and Politics in Germany - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of Germany.

Economy of Germany - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of Germany

Communications in Germany - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in Germany

Transportation in Germany - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in Germany

Military of Germany - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in Germany

Transnational Issues of Germany - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of Germany


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