The Federal Republic of Germany is located in the heart of Europe and is a cosmopolitan, democratic country with a wealth of traditions and a vital presence. Germany is one of the strongest economic powers in the world and offers an innovative knowledge landscape. At the same time it has a distinctive creative industry and a dynamic cultural life. Inhabited by 82 million people, Germany is the country with the largest population within the European Union.
Germany is the largest economy in the European Union and the fourth-largest in the world. The country is the second-largest export nation. German companies enjoy an excellent reputation all over the world. They are known for their “Made in Germany” seal of quality, for innovation, quality and technology leadership.
Germany is a country of ideas. Education and science, research and development are of central importance. Germany has around 370 universities and colleges which makes it the third most attractive country for international students after the U.S. and the UK. Among the European countries Germany is number one in terms of patents filed, and worldwide it is one of the three most innovative countries, along with Japan and the United States.
Germany has 82 million inhabitants, among them ca. 15 million people with a migration background – around 7 million of them are foreign citizens and 8 million have a German passport. The society is characterised by very diverse lifestyles and multifaceted ethno-cultural identities.
Germany is the country of Goethe, Schiller and Thomas Mann, Bach, Wagner and Beethoven. Culture is traditionally highly valued and comes in many varieties: Around 300 theatres and 130 professional orchestras exist in Germany in addition to 630 art museums, containing collections of international acclaim.
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