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25 Interesting Facts About Germany

Here are 25 Interesting Facts About Germany.

1-5 Interesting Facts About Germany

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1. Actor Peter Dinklage, most notably known for playing the character Tyrion Lannister in the medieval fantasy TV show ‘Game of Thrones’, is actually related to nobility in Germany. The Westphalian noble family “von Dincklage.” – Source

2. Germany has a program targeted at pedophiles, who have yet to commit crimes. The goal is to help them find treatment, because many don’t want to harm others. – Source

3. Engineers building a bridge between Germany and Switzerland found that when the two halves met their elevations differed by 54 cm. Germany bases sea level on the North Sea, and Switzerland by the Mediterranean; someone messed up the correction, doubling it instead of cancelling it out. – Source

4. The population of Germany is in decline. It has fallen by 2 million in the last decade. – Source

5. Germany doesn’t recognize Scientology as a religion. – Source

6-10 Interesting Facts About Germany

House of One

6. There is a building project in Berlin where they want to build a Christian church, a mosque and a synagogue all in one. – Source

7. First aid training is required to get a driver’s license in Germany, in order to ensure that in the event of an accident other drivers will be able to help. – Source

8. Germany aims to abandon fossil fuels by 2050 and generate 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources. – Source

9. Regensburg Sausage Kitchen is a sausage restaurant in Regensburg, Germany which has been in business for 900 years. This means they were selling sausages well before the Inca Empire existed and are still serving 6,000 sausages a day. – Source

10. In Germany your baby’s name must be the one on a pre-approved list. – Source


11-15 Interesting Facts About Germany

1561 Nuremberg

11. In 1561, there was a celestial phenomenon over Nuremberg. There was a reported incidence of a great space battle over Germany in the middle ages. It is said that there was even a crash landing outside the town. – Source

12. Bars in the Veltins-Arena, a major football ground in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, are interconnected by a 5-kilometre (3.1 mi) long beer pipeline. – Source

13. Hosting the 2006 World Cup caused Germany to experience baby boom. Nine months after the football competition, birthrate in Germany was up to 30% higher compared with the same period in the year before. – Source

14. In Germany, there are fake bus stops outside many nursing homes to prevent confused senior citizens from wandering off. – Source

15. In Germany, the city weighs your garbage and charges you $4 per kilogram. As a result, people recycle and compost almost everything. You need a permit to throw out furniture (once per year, max).

16-20 Interesting Facts About Germany

Waste Management

16. Germany has one of the most progressive waste disposal systems in the world, in which nearly 70% of waste is recycled and most of the remainder is cleanly incinerated to generate power. – Source

17. In 2013, unknown perpetrators stole the gilded cookie hanging in front of the Bahlsen Company in Hannover, Germany. The thieves demanded the company to send 52,000 cookies to 52 charities, but only “the ones with milk chocolate.” Bahlsen agreed to the terms and the cookie was retrieved. – Source

18. In 2009, archaeologists unearthed the oldest musical instruments ever found, flutes that inhabitants of southwestern Germany laboriously carved from bone and ivory at least 35,000 years ago. – Source

19. Germany is the only country in which the McRib is available all year round. – Source

20. There is a water bridge across the river Elbe in Germany. It is 1km long, 34m wide and allows cargo ships to cross the river. – Source

21-25 Interesting Facts About Germany

Father's Day

21. In Germany, Father’s Day is celebrated by group of men going hiking with one or more smaller wagons filled with wine or beer and traditional regional food. Many use this day to get drunk, and alcohol-related traffic accidents multiply by three on this day. – Source

22. There is a water park in Germany that has banned women from using an extreme water slide because it has caused genital injury to 6 women. – Source

23. The seal “made in Germany” was created by the British Parliament in 1887 to warn consumers that a product was of poor quality. – Source

24. There is a suspended monorail in Germany that was built in 1897 and still moves 25 million passengers annually. – Source

25. Burma-Shave once offered a free trip to Mars in exchange for 900 empty Burma-Shave jars. One man duly collected 900 jars and was sent to Moers, Germany (pronounced “Mars”). – Source

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  • The City of Moers is in fact not pronounced “Mars”. The “oe” in Moers is pronounced as “ea” in earth, making it sounding similar to the german “Ö”.

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