Top 10 Facts About Germany

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1 The capital of Berlin has more bridges than Venice – Berlin boasts 960 bridges and 59.8 square kilometres of water consisting of lakes and around 180 kilometres of navigable waterways
2 Germany has legal say on what babies can be named – German law ban names that don’t denote a gender or use a family name as a first name
3 In 2014, the most popular children's names were Sophie/Sofie for a girl and Maximilian for a boy
4 College education in Germany is free even for internationals – tuition fees for bachelor’s degrees in public universities was abolished in 2014
5 Germany's capital centre has shifted seven times: Aachen, Regensburg, Frankfurt-am-Main, Nuremberg, Berlin, Weimar, Bonn (and East Berlin), and, since 1990, Berlin again
6 Berlin's Zoologischer Garten is the largest zoo in the world – Germany also boasts more than 400 registered zoos
7 Germany is the EU's largest economy – with a gross domestic product (GDP) of EUR 3.49 trillion (USD 3.84 trillion), and lies fourth place in the world behind the US, China and Japan
8 Germany is one of the world's leading book nations
9 Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany since 2005, was ranked as the world's second most powerful person – in Forbes magazine in 2012, Merkel became the highest female ranking ever

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10 About two-thirds of the population are Christian, but you'll find more Protestants in the north and more Catholics in the south. There are around 4 million Muslims and 100,000 Jews
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1. The capital of Berlin has more bridges than Venice – Berlin boasts 960 bridges and 59.8 square kilometres of water consisting of lakes and around 180 kilometres of navigable waterways
2. Germany has legal say on what babies can be named – German law ban names that don’t denote a gender or use a family name as a first name
3. In 2014, the most popular children's names were Sophie/Sofie for a girl and Maximilian for a boy
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