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 Country: Germany
 Continent: Europe
 Chancellor: Angela Merkel
 Capital: Berlin 
 Largest City: Hamburg, Munich,
       Cologne, Essen, Frankfurt,
       Dortmund, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf,
 Currency: Euro (€)
 Official languages: German
 Motto: Unity and justice and

 Population: 82 689 000
 GDP/inhabitant (US $): 26 600 
 Density (inhabitants/km2): 230.79
 Average age (in years):  41.3
 Life expectancy (in years): 78.42

 Internet code: .de 
 Calling code: +49

map of Germany

Germany (German: Deutschland), officially the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland ), is a country located in Central Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea, to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, and to the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Germany is a democratic parliamentary federal republic, made up of 16 states (Bundesländer), which in certain spheres act independently of the federation. Historically consisting of several sovereign nations with their own history, culture and religion, Germany was unified as a nation state during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870/1871.

The Federal Republic of Germany is a member state of the United Nations, NATO, the G8 and the G4 nations, and is a founding member of the European Union. It is the European Union's most populous and most economically powerful member state. Germany also plays a role as one of the world's major powers.