Welcome to Germany

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  GERMANY - Federal Republic of Germany                                                                                               Home

Capital: Berlin
Large Cities: Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt and Leipzig
Languages: German
Religion: Christianity
Currency: Euro

Location: The Federal Republic of Germany in central Europe (United Germany of East and West) covers an area of 357, 020 sq. km made up of mountain areas, uplands and plains. To the north the country is bounded by the North Sea and Baltic, to the south by the Alps, Lake Constance and the Rhine, which also forms the border in the south-west. The main rivers are the Rhine, the Danube, the Albe, the Weser and the Mosselle. The highest mountain is the Zugspitze (2,963 m) in the Alps. The uplands rise to 1,500 m.

History: Germany since 1871 had been a nation united in one country of numerous states, which had a common language and traditions. Since World War II, until 1990, it had been split in two parts: Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and German Democratic Republic (East Germany). The merger of the two Germanys took place on October 3, 1990 and the first all-German elections since 1937 were held on December 2, 1990.

Germany is a democratic, parliamentary state with a federal constitution. The Federal Republic is made up of 16 Lander (States). The Bundestag (Federal Diet) is he supreme legislative body. With the addition of 144 members of the East German Volkskammer, the total membership rose to 663 in 1990.

Economy: As Europe's largest economy and most populous nation, Germany remains a key member of the continent's economic, political and defence organizations. In January 2002, Germany and 11 other EU countries introduced common European currency, the Euro. Germany's 7.3 m legal foreign workers account for about 9 percent of the population. Germany's ageing population, combined with high unemployment, has pushed social security outlays to a level exceeding contributions from workers.

Agriculture: Of the land 48% is used for agriculture and 29% is wooded. Chief Crops: Grains, potatoes, sugar beets.

Mineral Resources: Lignite, coal, iron and copper ores and potash.

Industry: Steel, ships, vehicles, machinery, coal and chemicals.

Mission in India:
Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany
No. 6/50-G, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi - 110 021, India
Tel: +91 - 11 - 26871831
Tele Fax: +91 - 11 - 26873117
Email: germany@del3.vsnl.net.in / germany@vsnl.com

Indian Mission in Germany:
Embassy of India,
Tiergartenstrasse 17,
10785 Berlin, Germany
Tel: 00 - 49 - 30 - 257950, 25705001 (After Office Hour)
Fax: 00 - 49 - 30 - 25795102 (Chancery)
Email: chancery@indiaembassy.de

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