The Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) lies in the heart of Europe. It has nine direct neighbours: Denmark to the north, the Netherlands and Belgium to the northwest, France and Luxembourg to the west, Austria and Switzerland to the south, and the Czech Republic and Poland to the east. Germany is a major economic and political power of the European continent and a global leader in several industrial and technological sectors.
It’s economy is the largest in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. The world knows the “Land of Ideas” not just from its products “Made in Germany” but also as the “Land of poets and thinkers”. More than 20 million tourists travel to Germany every year. Some tourists enjoy the unique cultural range with a huge music and theatre scene. Others savour Germany by mountaineering in the Alps or swimming off the North Sea and Baltic coasts
Germany’s climate is moderate and has generally no longer periods of cold or hot weather. Northwestern and coastal Germany have a maritime influenced climate which is characterized by warm summers and mild cloudy winters. The east has a more continental climate; winters can be very cold and summers very warm, and longer dry periods can occur. Central and southern Germany are transition regions which vary from moderately oceanic to continental. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the high summer months. Unpredictability, then, is a major factor.
|Seasons in Germany|
|Spring||March – May|
|Summer||June – August|
|Autumn||September – November|
|Winter||December – February|
- Degree programmes “Made in Germany” are recognised worldwide as a seal of quality. One can benefit from Germany’s long and famous university tradition especially in the fields of engineering and science. A German university degree is highly respected by employers around the world
- A diverse range of study opportunities: There are almost 450 state-accredited universities with some 17,500 degree programmes in Germany
- Germany is less expensive when compared to other destinations
- German education guarantees practical knowledge in addition to solid theoretical foundation. Above all it provides a platform to launch a career by making internships compulsory and Bachelor/Master Thesis in an industrial environment
- Most of the universities or colleges are state funded. So there is no concept of buying a degree as practised in other favoured education destinations. Merit is the only criteria for admission and there is no doubt about it
- Germany is home to many of the fortune 500 companies. With a robust economy and world leading position there is a constant demand for qualified and skilled labour force
- In spite of the black history, Modern Germany is welcoming and progressive thinking. Democracy, Equality before law, globalization have all resulted in a free and open society giving dignity, respect, opportunity and level playing field even to foreigners
- With its central location in the heart of the continent Germany is the hub of Europe; to use a cliché: All roads lead through Germany
- Germany is a safe country – also on an international scale. The police are reliable and help you in every situation. Whether you live in a big city or in the country, you can move freely day or night without having to take any special precautions
- German is one of the ten most spoken languages in the world
- Albert Einstein – Scientist
- Martin Luther – Father of Protestantism
- Karl Marx – German philosopher
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – Poet, playwright, author and statesman
- Heidi Klum – Model
- Michael Schumacher – Formula One driver
- Angela Merkel – German Chancellor
- Karl Lagerfeld – Fashion Designer
- Til Schweiger – Actor and Producer
- Pope Benedict XVI – Pope of the Catholic Church
- First World Globe (1492)
- Airbag – Rocket application for safety (1971)
- Aspirin – World’s favourite painkiller (1897, Bayer)
- Automobile – Karl Benz & Gottlieb Daimler (1889)
- Beer – Dukes Wilhelm VI & Ludwig X of Bavaria (1516)
- Fahrenheit Scale – Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1724)
- Chipcard – J. Dethloff, H. Gröttrup (1969)
- X-Ray Technology – Wilhelm K. Röntgen (1895)
- Printing Press – Johannes Gutenberg (1440)
- Television . Manfred von Ardenne – (1930)
- Germany is Europe’s largest economy.
- The Christmas Tree (Tannenbaum) tradition came from Germany.
- German is the official language of 5 countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.
- The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters).
- Berlin’s Zoologischer Garten is the largest zoo in the world, both in terms of number of species (1,500) and animal population (14,000).
- There are over 150 castles in Germany.
- The German Autobahn is the oldest motorway network in the world (first section completed in 1932). 65% of the highway has no speed limit.
- The Germans are dead serious about recycling. It is very expensive to throw out your trash, and it must be separated into one of six categories. If you break the rules, workers will often leave nasty notes or refuse to pick up your garbage altogether.
- There are over 300 kinds of bread in Germany. There are also bread museums!
- Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes
- International students who do not come from the EU or EEA are allowed to work 120 full or 240 half days in a year. Students from the EU and the EEA stand practically on equal terms with German students and have free access to the German job market.
- On graduating, students can stay in Germany for 18 months to seek skilled posts
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