Germany won the Fifa World Cup! We thought this should be the opening line to today’s article that introduces you guys to some things to know about Germany. We will be presenting a small assortment of interesting facts, stuff that you don’t consider a part of your general knowledge because in all honesty, it is very specific right? Although if you ask anyone about Germany the first thing they will think about is probably Hitler and the next thing would be the football world cup, but there is so much more to that country and so shall you find out in this article.
10. The World’s Narrowest Street
The first interesting thing amongst things to know about Germany is that it has the world’s narrowest street which is known as Spreuerhofstrasse and oh yeah we know how impossible it is to not only remember the spellings of this place but also the pronunciation. By the way, a heads up, this is how it is with all of the German language. Back to the topic, the street is only 31cm when it comes to the narrowest point. It sounds intriguing doesn’t it?
9. The German Language
Before we start to elaborate on this particular fact we would like to quote Mark Twain when he said and we quote “I never knew before what eternity was made for. It is to give some of us a chance to learn German.” These words are eternal and so truly summarize what we intended to do so. The language indeed is very difficult especially when you look at the words. Can you believe that there was actually a word Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz which is the law delegating beef label monitoring? Need we say more?
8. German Culture
Germany has one of the most diverse cultures in the world and in keeping with that, they have their own customs for almost everything. At this point we would like to share an interesting bit about their custom when answering a phone and remember this is one you may never be able to properly reciprocate. They tend to answer the phone with their surnames rather than a hi or a hello and initially, if you are new there, you might be led to think that perhaps you have called a store or something but it is something you will certainly get used too!
7. A Green Country
The next thing amongst things to know about Germany is that the country is green. Now we are sure that the title of this particular interesting fact must have intrigued you to the point of wondering what is so green about the country. Well we certainly aren’t calling it green because of all the greenery! Germany is third in the list of countries that recycle their waste. Germany is known for recycling 48% of their waster and that is a huge deal. What you see in the attached image is the administration building of a recycling plant. Beautiful aint it? That is what recycling does, it beautifies everything.
6. German Economic Secrets
Next on our list of interesting things to know about Germany we have their secret of economic success. Beware that this would be as different from what you are used too as possible and at the same time very impressive. It turns out that Germany has become one of the most powerful European economies through workers with fewer working hours, children with fewer schooling hours and a less-than-productive work force and the best part is that all of this is intentional! All nations in the world certainly have to take a few leaves from the German book of economic policy.
Another interesting thing amongst things to know about Germany is regarding its wildlife. Now this one is really fascinating for instance, did you guys know that Germany has 700 zoological gardens and out of these the quantity of zoos is nearly 420? Another thing that you will find very amazing is that the zoological garden in Berlin has 14000 animals which is perhaps the largest count for any zoo in the world.
We all know about the famous Oktoberfest right? It is the festival celebrated in September! We are sure you are not surprised since this is one festival that is known that world over and is something that Germany is really famous for! It might not be a very interesting fact but it sure is something that drives people from all over the world, to Germany.
3. Bread- Favorite Food
We might be exaggerating a bit but in all honesty, if someone tells you that a country has 300 different types of a certain food you would think it’s their favorite food too right? Well you might be interested to know that Germany has around 300 different types of bread available like France has cheese.
So France has Paris and Germany has Berlin. The two cities have no similarities what so ever but on our list of things to know about Germany, we would certainly like to tell you that Berlin nine times bigger than Paris is and also has one of the largest railway stations in the world. How about that? It has other interesting things too apart from being a city that is perfect for higher education.
1. Dense Population and Greenery equal Impressive
Last but not the least, in our list of things to know about Germany, let us elaborate on a very interesting, one of the most beautiful and impressive facts about the country. Did you guys know that the German population is over 82 million? And did you that for such a large population the land about is equivalent to slightly less than the size of Montana in the US? Well we feel pleasure in informing you that this little fact makes Germany one of the most densely populated countries in the world and here comes the impressive bit: despite this fact more than one third of the country’s land is covered in woodlands and greenery and that means nearly 31 percent of the country has forests! Go Germany we say!
This was not all there is to know about Germany you know since it is one of the largest European countries in the world and not only that, it is perhaps the 16th most populated country in the entire world! Germany has a total of 16 states so you can very well guess how there is so much more to the country then just its language, some of its festivals and a few of its cities.The article covers just enough interesting facts to leave you wanting more!