Germany Fun & Facts

Germany Facts: Here you find out the latest, amazing and interesting fun and facts like; Geography, Maps, Flag, History, Current ruler, Area, Population, Capital, Largest cities, Languages, Race, Religion, Literacy rate and Economy of it.

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  • With 81 million people, Germany has the largest population in the European Union.
  • The cities of Aachen, Regensburg, Frankfurt-am-Main, Nuremberg, Weimar, Bonn and Berlin have all been capitals of Germany.
  • Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice.
  • Holocaust denial is either implicitly or explicitly a crime in 17 countries, including Germany and Austria.
  • In Germany, there’s no punishment for a prisoner who tries to escape from jail because it is a basic human instinct to be free.
  • Nazi Joseph Goebbels' wife's descendants are Germany's richest family nowadays.
  • The first magazine ever seen was launched in 1663 in Germany.
  • After World War I, there were so few men in Germany that only 1 in 3 women would find a husband.
  • In Germany, it is illegal to run out of fuel on highways.
  • From 1989 to 2009, about 2,000 schools were closed in Germany because of a scarcity of children.
  • The population of Germany is in decline. It has fallen by 2 million in the last decade.
  • Hamburgers got their name from Hamburg, Germany.
  • In 2014, Germany officially abolished college tuition fees, even for international students.
  • 60% of YouTube's 1,000 most popular videos are blocked in Germany.
  • 2 million German women aged 13-70 were raped by the Red Army on WW2.
  • Germany made its final reparations payment from the WW1 Treaty of Versailles in 2010.
  • Some 5,500 WWII bombs are discovered in Germany every year and defused, an average of 15 per day.
  • In 1917, Germany invited Mexico to join WW1 by attacking the U.S. in order to recover the lost territories of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
  • Fanta originated in Germany as a result of difficulties importing Coca-Cola syrup into Nazi Germany during WWII.
  • Chinese checkers was invented in Germany.
  • In 1960, two of The Beatles got deported from Germany for lighting a condom on fire.
  • Dachau, the first NAZI concentration camp in Germany, opened six years before WWII.
  • During WW1, the King of England, the Tsar of Russia, and the Emperor of Germany were all first cousins.
  • German soccer player Mesut Ozil donated his €300,000 World Cup victory bonus to pay surgeries for 23 children in Brazil.
  • More Germans were killed by the Russians in the Battle of Stalingrad alone than were killed during the entire WWII by America.
  • There's a building project in Berlin, Germany, where they want to build a Christian church, a mosque and a synagogue all in one.
  • Germany, Denmark, Iceland and other countries have official rules about what a baby can be named.
  • Performing the Nazi salute in Germany is a criminal offence punishable by up to 3 years in prison.
  • Declawing cats is legal in most U.S. states but banned in at least 22 countries including Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
  • Nearly a third of Germany is powered by Renewable Energy.
  • The Berlin Wall was torn down by mistakenly-empowered citizens after an East German spokesman misspoke at a press conference and mentioned immediate border crossing privileges for every citizen.
  • Germany's debt from WW1 was equivalent to 96,000 tons of gold.
  • You can't name your child "Matti" in Germany because it doesn’t indicate gender.
  • When Germany won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, it was the first time as a united country. The three previous times, the soccer World Cup was won by West Germany.
  • Germany and Japan have the lowest birth rate in the world.
  • East and West Germany still look different from space because of the different types of streetlamps used.
  • 1% of Germany's population is genetically immune to HIV.
  • David Bowie performed at the Berlin Wall in 1987 while East Germans gathered to listen behind. You could hear them cheering and singing along from the other side.
  • Germany is the world capital of penis enlargement, with roughly 8 in 100,000 adult German males opting for the procedure.
  • Because of the Chernobyl disaster, radioactive wild boars are currently roaming around Germany.
  • Many nursing homes in Germany have fake bus stops to collect residents with dementia who try to leave.
  • Americans spend more money on pets yearly than Germany spends on its entire defense budget.
  • In Germany, there's a specific word for analyzing and learning to live with the past, in particular the Holocaust: "Vergangenheitsbewaltigung."
  • The 9th of November is a significant day in Germany. In 1918, Germany became a republic. In 1923, the Bier Hall Putsch in Munich. In 1938, Kristallnacht. In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell.
  • Germany was the first country ever to implement Daylight Saving Time in order to save energy during WW1.