Germany's capital and largest metropolis is Berlin.
Major urban areas include Ruhr, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Düsseldorf.
Germany is a developed country with a very high standard of living sustained by a skilled and productive society.
It upholds a social security and universal health care system, environmental protection and a tuition-free university education.
During the 16th century, northern German regions became the centre of the Protestant Reformation.
In 1871, Germany became a nation state when most of the German states unified into the Prussian-dominated German Empire.
Germany is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the G8, the G20, and the OECD.
belonging to the diot or diota "people"), originally used to distinguish the language of the common people from Latin and its Romance descendants.Known for its rich cultural history, Germany has been continuously the home of influential artists, philosophers, musicians, sportspeople, entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, and inventors.The German term Deutschland, originally diutisciu land ("the German lands") is derived from deutsch (cf.is a federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe.It includes 16 constituent states, covers an area of 357,021 square kilometres (137,847 sq mi), and has a largely temperate seasonal climate.