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Germany - The Facts

  • Full name: Federal Republic of Germany
  • Population: 82.5 million (UN, 2005) 
  • Capital: Berlin 
  • Area: 357,027 sq km (137,849 sq miles) 
  • Major language: German 
  • Major religion: Christianity 
  • Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 81 years (women) (UN) 
  • Monetary unit: 1 euro = 100 cents 
  • Main exports: Motor vehicles, electrical machinery, metals 
  • GNI per capita: US $34,580 (World Bank, 2006) 
  • Internet domain: .de 
  • International dialling code: +49 
  • President: Horst Koehler 
  • Chancellor: Angela Merkel 
  • The press
    • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - prestigious daily
    • Sueddeutsche Zeitung - Munich-based daily
    • Die Welt - Berlin-based daily
    • Frankfurter Rundschau - Frankfurt am Main-based daily
    • Handelsblatt - Duesseldorf-based financial daily
    • Financial Times Deutschland - Hamburg-based financial daily
    • Focus - weekly news magazine
    • Der Spiegel - news weekly, English-language site
    • Die Zeit - weekly
    • Bild - mass-circulation daily
    • The Local - Berlin-based, English-language 
  • Television
    • ARD - organisation of regional public broadcasters; operates Das Erste, the main national public TV channel
    • ZDF - operates second national public TV channel
    • n-tv - commercial, rolling-news
    • N24 - commercial, rolling news
    • RTL - major commercial broadcaster, operates entertainment channels
    • Deutsche Welle TV - Germany's international TV service, in German, English, Spanish
    • Premiere - pay-TV operator 
  • Radio
    • ARD - umbrella organisation of public radio services, including those of individual regions
    • Deutschlandradio - operates national public stations Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio Kultur, both offering current affairs and cultural programmes
    • Deutsche Welle - international radio broadcaster, services in many languages 
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