|Area Total||357,022 sq km|
|Climate||temperate and marine; cool, cloudy, wet winters and summers; occasional warm mountain (foehn) wind|
|Natural Resources||coal, lignite, natural gas, iron ore, copper, nickel, uranium, potash, salt, construction materials, timber, arable land|
|Imports||Netherlands 13.8%, China 7%, France 6.6%, Belgium 5.9%, Italy 5.4%, Poland 5.4%, Czechia 4.8%, US 4.5%, Austria 4.3%, Switzerland 4.2% (2017) – machinery, data processing equipment, vehicles, chemicals, oil and gas, metals, electric equipment, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, agricultural products|
|Government||federal parliamentary republic|
|Population||80.6 million (July 2017 est.)|
|Ethnicity||German 91.5%, Turkish 2.4%, other 6.1% (made up largely of Polish, Italian, Romanian, Syrian, and Greek)|
|Language||German (official) note: Danish, Frisian, Sorbian, and Romani are official minority languages;|
|Exports||US 8.8%, France 8.2%, China 6.8%, Netherlands 6.7%, UK 6.6%, Italy 5.1%, Austria 4.9%, Poland 4.7%, Switzerland 4.2% (2017) – motor vehicles, machinery, chemicals, computer and electronic products, electrical equipment, pharmaceuticals, metals, transport equipment, foodstuffs, textiles, rubber and plastic products|
News about Germany
- Netherlands lifts toughest Covid curbs with Denmark and France set to followby Jon Henley (Germany | The Guardian) on January 26, 2022
Many EU countries opt to reopen despite record infections as WHO suggests Omicron may signal more manageable phase of pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Netherlands has lifted its toughest Covid controls, Denmark is set to remove all restrictions within days and France will begin easing curbs next week, as many – but […]
- Germany considers ban on Telegram due to fears over conspiracy theoristsby The Local on January 26, 2022
The German government is considering a ban on encrypted messaging app Telegram after it was repeatedly used as a channel for spreading anti-vaccine conspiracy theories and even death threats.
- Ukraine and Russia to hold Paris talks in latest effort to ease tensionsby Luke Harding in Kyiv (Germany | The Guardian) on January 26, 2022
French and German officials will also take part in diplomatic effort to de-escalate crisisUkrainian and Russian representatives are due to meet in Paris on Wednesday, together with France and Germany, in the latest diplomatic effort to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.The Kremlin’s top official on Ukraine, Dmitry Kozak, will hold talks with Andriy […]
- 'Hard to keep up': Your verdict on Germany's ever-changing Covid rulesby The Local on January 26, 2022
With the Omicron wave sweeping through Germany, the government has introduced strict rules on entering restaurants, bars and cafes. Many agree that the changes are necessary, but believe politicians should improve communication.
- EU countries agree to simplify travel rules with Covid certificatesby The Local on January 26, 2022
EU countries have agreed to make it easier for anyone with an EU Covid-19 certificate to travel within the bloc without having to face any further restrictions such as tests or quarantine.
- Q&A: The Berlin duo encouraging people to ditch fast fashionby The Local on January 26, 2022
Germany is known for being eco-friendly, but a Berlin-based duo says the country needs to do better. They've launched a non-profit project to encourage residents to increase the lifespan of their clothes.
- Germany divided over Covid vaccine mandateby The Local on January 26, 2022
German MPs are to debate a general vaccine mandate for the first time on Wednesday, but many people are divided over the proposals.
- Reader question: Do I have to work while in quarantine in Germany?by The Local on January 26, 2022
If you've got the dreaded red alert and found out a friend or colleague has Covid, you may have to quarantine for up to 10 days - even if you don't have symptoms. But what does German law say about whether you still need to work while stuck at home?
- Why are Germany and France at odds with the Anglosphere over how to handle Russia?by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic Editor (Germany | The Guardian) on January 26, 2022
Analysis: Differing views over Russia within Nato alliance resurface in Ukraine crisisCan the western alliance against Russia over its buildup of troops on the Ukrainian border hold together? It is a question that politicians and diplomats are increasingly grappling with amid fears that Germany and, to a lesser extent, France are in danger of dividing from […]
- Johnson hints German reliance on Russian gas could affect Ukraine responseby Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor (Germany | The Guardian) on January 25, 2022
Prime minister tells MPs Britain will push for ‘tough package’ of economic sanctions if invasion happensBoris Johnson has hinted that Germany may be concerned about the imposition of sanctions against Russia because of its dependence on Russian gas and told MPs diplomatic efforts are being made to persuade Berlin and others to go further.The British […]
- ‘Peace, freedom, no dictatorship!’: Germans protest against Covid restrictionsby Kate Connolly (Germany | The Guardian) on January 25, 2022
The university city of Cottbus held one of 2,000 rallies across Germany on Monday, stoked by the far rightCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn Monday evening on the dot of 7pm people emerged from dimly lit side streets and gathered on the Oberkirchplatz square in Cottbus for what has become a weekly ritual in towns and cities […]
- EXPLAINED: Bavaria to ease some Covid restrictionsby The Local on January 25, 2022
The German state of Bavaria has announced some Covid relaxations, including allowing up to 10,000 spectators at major events.
- What I've learned from five years of living in Berlinby The Local on January 25, 2022
From dealing with the unexpected and embracing culture to the hell of German bureaucracy and flat-hunting, here's what The Local's Rachel Loxton has learned from five years of life in Berlin.
- What people who've had the J&J jab need to know for travel to Germanyby The Local on January 25, 2022
People who've had one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are not seen as fully vaccinated for entry to Germany under new regulations. We break down what you should be aware of.
- German parliament 'granted exemption' to keep six months Covid recovery statusby The Local on January 25, 2022
For people in Germany, Covid 'recovery' status has been restricted to infections that occurred in the past three months - but according to media reports, a different rule applies to parliamentarians while in the debate chamber of the Bundestag.
- Court orders Turkey to pay damages to German reporterby The Local on January 25, 2022
The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ordered Turkey to pay damages in excess of €12,300 ($14,000) to a German-Turkish journalist, ruling that his rights were violated by a year-long detention.
- KEY POINTS: How Germany will tackle latest phase of the Omicron waveby The Local on January 25, 2022
From keeping the 2G-plus rules in place to prioritising PCR tests, here's what you should know about Germany's latest Covid decisions.
- OPINION: Germany is in a muddle over Russia - and it only has itself to blameby The Local on January 25, 2022
As Germany is slammed for failing to take a firm stance against Russia in the Ukraine crisis, Brian Melican examines the two countries' complicated history, and how "ostalgia" and fishy deals have led to the Nord Stream II pipeline getting this far.
- Student kills one and injures three in Heidelberg university shootingby The Local on January 24, 2022
An 18-year-old German student opened fire in a lecture hall at Heidelberg University in southwestern Germany on Monday, killing a young woman and injuring three others before fleeing the scene and turning the weapon on himself.
- Heidelberg student kills one and injures three in lecture hall attackby Philip Oltermann in Berlin and agencies (Germany | The Guardian) on January 24, 2022
Lone gunman, 18, opens fire on peers at Germany’s oldest university before killing himselfOne person was shot dead and three others were injured when an 18-year-old man opened fire on his fellow students in a packed lecture hall in the German university town of Heidelberg, according to police.The gunman, who was enrolled in the same course in life […]
- Germany to keep current Covid measures - but change testing strategyby The Local on January 24, 2022
Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Monday that Germany will stick to the current Covid restrictions for now, but PCR tests will be prioritised in future.
- UK to end 'Day 2 test' requirement for travellers from Europeby The Local on January 24, 2022
The British government has announced the end of testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers, including the post-arrival Day 2 tests that travellers from Europe have previously been forced to pay for.
- German MPs set out plans for over-18s vaccine mandateby The Local on January 24, 2022
A few days before the first deliberations on compulsory Covid vaccinations in the German Bundestag, politicians in favour of a vaccine mandate have set out details of their plans.
- Is Germany set to ease or tighten Covid restrictions?by The Local on January 24, 2022
German chancellor Olaf Scholz is meeting with regional leaders on Monday to talk about Covid restrictions in Germany. Here's a look at their draft agreement and what we can expect.
- Politicians call for pandemic exit plan in Germanyby The Local on January 24, 2022
Calls are growing from some politicians for a firm plan to relax Covid restrictions in Germany.
- LGBT Catholic officials stage mass coming-out in Germanyby The Local on January 24, 2022
More than 100 Catholic church officials in Germany came out as LGBT, queer or non-binary on Monday, adding to calls for reform within the crisis-hit church.
- German navy chief resigns over comments on Putin and Ukraine – videoby (Germany | The Guardian) on January 23, 2022
The chief of Germany’s navy has resigned after arguing during a livestreamed event that Vladimir Putin 'deserves respect' and Kyiv will not win back annexed Crimea. Ukraine’s ambassador in Berlin said Kay-Achim Schönbach's comments 'massively' called into question Germany’s trustworthinessGerman navy chief quits after saying Putin deserves respect […]
- German navy chief quits after saying Putin deserves respect over Ukraineby Philip Oltermann in Berlin (Germany | The Guardian) on January 23, 2022
Kay-Achim Schönbach said it was ‘nonsense’ that Russia wanted to invade its neighbour and that Kyiv would never win back CrimeaThe chief of Germany’s navy has resigned after arguing at a livestreamed event that Putin “deserves respect” and Kyiv will never win back annexed Crimea – comments that Ukraine’s ambassador in Berlin said […]
- Coronavirus live: Japan and Poland report record cases; Germany seven-day rate at new highby Léonie Chao-Fong and Jedidajah Otte (Germany | The Guardian) on January 23, 2022
Concerns about new Omicron offshoot in England; France to bring in strict restrictions for unvaccinated peopleSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany’s seven-day incidence rate has risen to a high of 772.7 infections per 100,000 people, up from 706.3. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 135,461 new infections on Saturday, an increase of 57,439 on […]
- Kill the Bill and period protests: human rights this fortnight – in picturesby Sarah Johnson, compiled by Eric Hilaire (Germany | The Guardian) on January 22, 2022
A roundup of the coverage of the struggle for human rights and freedoms, from Cambodia to Costa Rica Continue reading...