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  • Area: 357, 023 km²
  • Population: 81, 752, 000
  • Capital: Berlin
  • Largest cities and number of inhabitants: Berlin (3, 442, 700), Cologne (998, 100), Dortmund (581, 300), Düsseldorf (586, 200), Essen (576, 300) Frankfurt/Main (671, 900), Hamburg (1, 774, 200), Munich (1, 330, 400), Stuttgart (601, 600)
  • Official language and other recognised languages: German (official language); Danish (recognized in Schleswig-Holstein); Frisian (recognised Schleswig-Holstein); Sorbian (recognized in Brandenburg and in Saxony); Low-German (recognized in Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and, Schleswig-Holstein); Romanes (recognized all over Germany)
  • Regions: 16 Länder: Baden- Württemberg, Lower Saxony, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, North-Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia

Germany is a country hosting two main denominations, Catholicism and Protestantism. These two denominations have been in significant decline during the last few years. In 2012, there were 30.2% Catholic, 28.5% Protestant, 36.3% of no religion, 3.9% Muslim. Germany also counts nearly 270,000 Buddhists, some 200,000 Jews, around 165,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses and 100,000 Hindus.

Sources: Statistisches Bundesamt, Statistisches Jahrbuch für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland mit „Internationalen Übersichten“, Wiesbaden, 2011. Bundesministerium des Inneren, Regional- und Minderheitensprachen in Deutschland, Niesetal 2011.

D 5 July 2012   

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