What is Germany: Definition and 78 Discussions

Germany (German: Deutschland, pronounced [ˈdɔʏtʃlant] (listen)), officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central Europe. It is the second-most populous country in Europe after Russia, and the most populous member state of the European Union. Germany is situated between the Baltic and North seas to the north, and the Alps to the south; covering an area of 357,022 square kilometres (137,847 sq mi), with a population of over 83 million within its 16 constituent states. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, and France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands to the west. The nation's capital and largest city is Berlin, and its financial centre is Frankfurt; the largest urban area is the Ruhr.
Various Germanic tribes have inhabited the northern parts of modern Germany since classical antiquity. A region named Germania was documented before AD 100. In the 10th century, German territories formed a central part of the Holy Roman Empire. During the 16th century, northern German regions became the centre of the Protestant Reformation. Following the Napoleonic Wars and the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, the German Confederation was formed in 1815. In 1871, Germany became a nation-state when most of the German states unified into the Prussian-dominated German Empire. After World War I and the German Revolution of 1918–1919, the Empire was replaced by the semi-presidential Weimar Republic. The Nazi seizure of power in 1933 led to the establishment of a dictatorship, World War II, and the Holocaust. After the end of World War II in Europe and a period of Allied occupation, Germany was divided into the Federal Republic of Germany, generally known as West Germany, and the German Democratic Republic, East Germany. The Federal Republic of Germany was a founding member of the European Economic Community and the European Union, while the German Democratic Republic was a communist Eastern Bloc state and member of the Warsaw Pact. After the fall of communism, German reunification saw the former East German states join the Federal Republic of Germany on 3 October 1990—becoming a federal parliamentary republic led by a chancellor.
Germany is a great power with a strong economy; it has the largest economy in Europe, the world's fourth-largest economy by nominal GDP, and the fifth-largest by PPP. As a global leader in several industrial, scientific and technological sectors, it is both the world's third-largest exporter and importer of goods. As a developed country, which ranks very high on the Human Development Index, it offers social security and a universal health care system, environmental protections, and a tuition-free university education. Germany is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the G7, the G20, and the OECD. It has the fourth-greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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  1. DaveC426913

    Germany painting airlines to look like beach towels

    I just saw this coming in for a landing at Toronto International. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-10710607/German-airline-Condor-unveils-planes-painted-like-beach-towels.html
  2. DennisN

    News 3,000+ year old sword found in Bavaria, Germany

    A sword from the late 14th century BC has been found in Bavaria, Germany. An amazing and rare find. And it seems to be in quite good condition. Article: Archaeologists find 3,000-year-old sword (News In Germany) Photo:
  3. H

    Studying Huge difference in the cost of education in UK and Germany

    I have searched for almost all courses and all universities and found that the fees of universities in UK is more than 10 times than those of Germany (if I were to convert both of those national currencies in my country's currency). Had education been some market product, I would have instantly...
  4. Mousa Kandah

    Admissions Advice for an Engineer seeking a Masters in Physics in Germany

    Hello, I recently Graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Jordan and I am looking to do a Masters in Physics in Germany obviously I am at a disadvantage when it comes to admission due to my Bachelors, but I am currently fixing that. I am currently taking Courses in Quantum...
  5. Sippi7299

    Biotechnology Student from Germany Needs Help Analyzing NMR Spectrum

    hello, I'm form Germany and study biotechnology in my third semester and have to find an unknown substance by using an NMR spectrum. Unfortunately I have almost no experience in this field. Is here somebody who could help me analyze the spectrum? I would be very thankful
  6. G

    How can I strengthen my submitted graduate application?

    I am applying for a master degree in Germany. I have submitted my application but wish to strengthen it as I want to be accepted. What can I do to enhance my application? Can I contact any of the professors or maybe the student advisor? Will it look artificial? If so, what must I say? (I am...
  7. Phylosopher

    Admissions Postponing starting my Master's degree (Germany)

    Hi,I have been accepted in one of the top universities in Germany. The program starts not very far from today (Summer 2020). Problem is that I have just established myself in my career as a teacher and I do not have a lot of money to support myself abroad. (just started two months from now) My...
  8. Notreallytrying

    Studying I need some insight about studying in Malaysia and Germany

    Hi everybody, This is my first time posting here and I hope I'm in the Right place. To give some back story, I'm Studying A-levels (international), I live in a 3rd world (developing) country where sciences are very neglected in terms of education, and job market for physical sciences (my 1st...
  9. Alex19

    Schools Physics Study in Germany: Tips for Alex

    Hi everyone! I'm Alex and I just moved to Germany. I'm starting my Bachelor this October and just wanted to get some advices on German Universities for my application. For example, which uni has more focuses on Astrophysics. Or which uni is prestigious for certain fields in physics. And I...
  10. H

    Engineer charged with money laundering in Germany

    hello guys I am in a tight corner... i am a currently doing a master in electrical and management engineering and i am about to be charged with 3 cases(or more) of money laundry which happened within a short period of time last year and my lawyer said it could get into my record of good...
  11. BillTre

    Oldest Public Library of Germany found in Downtown Cologne

    Apparently Roman built, it is though to have held 20,000 scrolls. Guardian story here.
  12. R

    Schools Germany - Masters EE/mathematics/physics online

    Hello Everyone, So I have been looking for some time now to find an online program in EE/mathematics/physics. There are a number of programs I have found (purdue, johns hopkins, etc) but the prices are absolutly staggering. I have paid my dues to the student loan machine with my BS degree in...
  13. K

    Physics Looking to study physics in Germany

    Hello everyone , first of all i hope I'm posting in the right place :D if not pardon me I'm new here. i seek enlightenment actually. I'm 21 years old almost finished bachelors in Information systems(which was a bad choice by my side ) from university in Egypt ( but I'm completing it anyway...
  14. M

    Schools What university should I choose (Germany)

    I just got accepted into the studienkolleg in Wurzburg with one condition, I have to get to level B2 in German, I am still improving, now I have heard that after the studienkolleg (which is similar to a preparatory year ) I can choose a different university to start my studies in. Now, I want to...
  15. V

    Other Has anyone interned with DAAD Rise in Germany?

    I was accepted to their program and could work with a group doing data analysis. However, I have already accepted another offer at my own school. If anyone has done a RISE internship, how was it? the pay? the experience? Germany? I have to accept by tomorrow and am not sure what to do.
  16. F

    MS in Plasma Physics (Nuclear Fusion) -- France or Germany?

    I am interested in applying plasma physics in nuclear fusion program in France or Germany . Both are good in this field , but where i can get good scholarships and i am from electrical engineering background so where i have better chance of getting admitted.
  17. O

    Undergrad in Germany or $152,000 in the US?

    Hello and other pleasantries Physics forum fellows, I have an interesting dilemma that hopefully your experience could help me solve. I am a recently graduated International Baccalaureate student and I now have the choice to face either $152,000 of debt at the University of Illinois Urbana...
  18. alpha358

    Statistical mechanics centers in Germany

    Hi, does anyone know of good places to study masters degree in physics with the main focus on statistical physics ?
  19. P

    Switch mode power supplies related study in Germany

    Hi, I want to apply in Germany for MS in the area of switch mode power supplies design. Any good idea which university offer much courses in this area in English language... I want to apply in university where there is no tuition fee or a very minimum.
  20. D

    PhD in Germany vs USA: IIT Roorkee Physics Student

    I am a final year Masters student studying physics at IIT Roorkee, India. I have PhD admits in experimental high energy physics from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany and University of Illinois Chicago, USA. I have previously done an internship as an undergrad with a professor at...
  21. T

    Want to study nano-particles in Germany, Ph.D. or a second Master?

    Hello, I have completed a Master program in China, during which, I joined in a project applying nano-particles in optical device. The project motivated me to study optical property of nano-particles, and I am looking for a Ph.D. position in Germany. The problem is: how do I get known with my...
  22. O

    International Master in Space Engineering at TU Berlin, Germany

    Technische Universität Berlin, Germany has recently introduced a new international full-time Master’s programme in space engineering. The course, offered by the Chair of Space Technology, starts in April each year and aims to educate systems engineers equipped with the knowledge to become...
  23. Z

    Studying in Germany and then coming back to the US?

    Hey everyone! I'm going to be a college freshmen this year. I will be doing at least one year of college in the US, I am going to Rhodes College. However, it is rather expensive for me (even with scholarships, I need to take out about $20,000 in loans per year). That amounts seems like it will...
  24. A

    Continuing Study Physic in Germany

    Hi, I have many questions to ask you. Due to financial crisis in my family, I am unable to continue studying in Canada. However, I insist on studying Physic in Germany. Therefore, I want to come back to my homeland, Vietnam, and spend a year to study German. Do you think it necessary...
  25. J

    Funded master's programs in Germany

    I'm graduating with a bachelors soon, and was talking to a professor about grad school and he wanted to get me into one in Germany. He has a colleague doing what I want to do who has some positions available. The only thing is he was saying in America it goes bachelors->PhD, sometimes with a...
  26. Curieuse

    Finding a German University for Theoretical Physics Masters Programs

    Hey people, I am an Indian undergraduate student of Math, physics and Chemistry(yes, there was no option which had one specialization only) and I'm doing a 3 year Bachelor of science course in a not-so-well-known but decent college. I'm currently in the 2nd year and i'd like to plan the next...
  27. R

    PhD Position in Physics in Germany - Info for Foreigners

    Hello everyone :) I am going to finish my master thesis in physics ( Nano-science ) in Germany at rostock university within the next two months, and i would like to apply for PhD in other city. I am not a German. I would like to ask, whether it is very difficult to get a PhD position in...
  28. D

    Fossil from the lower Jurasic, Holzmaden, Germany

    Recently, I collected fossils from the famous posidonia shells from the lower Jurasic (Toarcium or Lias epsilon) in Holzmaden in the south west of Germany near Stuttgart. Besides numerous Ammonites I found some of the following fossils which I don't quite know what it is. Any ideas? They are...
  29. M

    Schools PhD in Germany (Names of Universities)

    I wanted to ask about universities in Germany (top in Theoretical Physics) and I am here talking about PhD degree knowing that I have M.S degree (an American one). So, I would be grateful if you give me names so I can get in contact with professors there. Great thanks.
  30. J

    Masters in Germany: How to Apply & Best Colleges with No Tuition Fee

    hello, I am from India and completed my degree with distinction approved by AICTE. I am looking for admission in masters in mechanical engineering in germany. What i only know is one should know german language. Well what is the procedure to apply in any german institute and what are the...
  31. T

    Physics and mechatronics course in Germany

    Can anyone give me some views about the courses above in Germany and the study environment there in details. Thank you. :smile:
  32. Y

    Where would you live, Germany or USA?

    hi the title explains everything ... many people tell me that the US is not as it seems in movies and the American-Lifestyle is not as cool as it appears. what do you think about that? Germany has been one of the cleanest countries in the world and the medical-care system there rocks...
  33. P

    Which is better? math tripos in cambridge or msc in physics in germany

    I have been offered a place to study part iii of the math tripos (with a commonwealth scholarship). My area of interest is theoretical physics. However the problem is that quite a bit of the stuff that has been covered in part ii of the course (and hence is a prerequisite for part iii) has not...
  34. H

    Engineering: Germany or France

    Hello, I would like to ask from your experience, is it preferable to study engineering(electronics, mechatronics, automotive,..) in france or germany? and please advise good universities. Also concerning physics( astro physics, and particle physics) study in germany or france?
  35. Y

    Germany or USA for engineering, I am really torn now.

    hi all it is just 25 days and I finish high school ,gonna be 19 years and 6 month then (is that old age for the freshman year?? BTW)? so when I graduate I have to decide... my main plane was to be attending Cleveland State University to study Electrical Engineering or Mechanical...
  36. S

    Schools Looking for universities in germany

    Hi, I am new to physics forums and after reading various posts in this section, decided to ask this question; Any suggestions for good universities in germany for physics or engineering (in general) for undergrad studies. I have heard about tuhh, but still uncertain...
  37. A

    Engineering Higher Studies. US vs Germany.

    So there's a lot of speculation about which Universities are better for Engineering. Whether to go to the US or to Germany? I am faced with a similar scenario. I am planning to do my Masters in Engineering. One side says that US education system is better for it is more versatile, and...
  38. J

    Bechelor in Engeeniring Physics- Germany

    Hello all, I am not sure this question fits to this section of the forum, but i thought still to try since i really don't know where to ask it. im planning to start in 2 months studying Bechalor in engeeniring physics in Germany, thing is I am not sure which subjects will i be able to apply...
  39. M

    MS Computer Science (related) in Germany

    Hi all, I am having a B.Tech degree from Indian universities and i have over 3.5 yrs of IT experience. I am working in a German company right now. I want to enroll into MS programs in germany with Computer Science discipline or (Bio informatics if possible since I am working in Healthcare...
  40. M

    Germany this year or USA next year? (Physics)

    Hi, I've made many threads on these boards over the past year about college and very soon, I will have to make a final decision. I wanted to apply to the USA but for a few reasons, wasn't able to do my SATs in time. I then decided to do a gap year and focus on a few other activities (mostly...
  41. A

    What Are the Best Master's Programs in Physics in Germany?

    hello, I have a bachelor in physics.i want to continue learning in Germany.What options or majors can i do in masters?and what are the best master physics majors out there in deutschland? what are the names of the universities in germany that have good reputation and offcourse good and...
  42. C

    String theory and mathematical physics in Germany

    Hey guys! Which research departments are best? I was hoping to get the top 3-4 institutions names. Basically I am into mathematical string theory and geometry/topology-physics in general.
  43. Pengwuino

    Why was Germany allowed to exist after WW2?

    So my father and I were talking a few weeks ago and he brought up a question that he didn't understand. My father seems to know ridiculous amounts of stuff about history, but this seemed to stump him. Germany caused the 2 deadliest wars in history that lead to the destruction of an entire...
  44. J

    Medical Coming from Germany and Seeking for better help - please I did something wrong.

    Hello, thank you for reading my article. I'm German but there is no German Forum that is as good as English one and I need a good answer. And Iam male! Iam nearly 18 years old. I was always very late with everything: I lost my last milk tooth one year ago Big Grin But I already have a little...
  45. DevilsAvocado

    News Germany abandons nuclear power by 2022

    Looks like the glory days of nuclear power is over. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG3Z5e9rfW0 http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2011-05-30-germany-nuclear-power_n.htm http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/30/us-germany-nuclear-idUSTRE74Q2P120110530 Don’t know if this is a good or...
  46. L

    Why did conventional historians blame Germany for the breakout of the WW1?

    Didn't Austria-Hungary start the war after the murder of Sarajevo?
  47. M

    Undergraduate studies in Europe? (Germany)

    Has anyone had experience with studying there? Is English your first language? Did you have trouble in learning German? Did you learn it before or during your stay in Germany? Which university did you go to; which subject did you study; how did you find the program/course? More importantly; what...
  48. Y

    Studying Studying engineering in Germany

    I am pondering an idea of studying engineering in Germany. Considering the German industry it seems that engineering science has strong foundations there, so it seems reasonable to assume the quality of studies is high. What unis are the best? Which are the most reasonable? How hard is...
  49. nismaratwork

    News Two USAF Servicemen Killed: Shooting In Germany

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/03/02/germany.shooting/index.html?hpt=T1&iref=BN1 The suspect is Chechen. This is looking like an intentional attack on US Service Members. This occurred on a bus at Frankfurt Airport.
  50. S

    Courses Masters course in Physics in Germany

    I am a student doing Bachelors studies in Physics at a reputed university in India. I am presently in 5th semester of my course and I desire to do my masters course in the same subject in Germany. I will be obliged if someone helps me out in this matter by suggesting the names of competent...