25 Facts You Did Not Know About GERMANY

Facts About Germany

1. With 81 million people Germany has the largest population in the European Union.

2. The cities of Aachen, Regensburg, Frankfurt-am-Main, Nuremberg, Weimar, Bonn and Berlin have all been capitals of Germany.

3. Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice.

4. Holocaust denial is either implicitly or explicitly a crime in 17 countries, including Germany and Austria.

5. In Germany there's no punishment for a prisoner who tries to escape from jail, because it is a basic human instinct to be free.

6. Nazi Joseph Goebbels' wife's descendants are Germany's richest family nowadays.

7. The first magazine ever seen was launched in 1663 in Germany.

8. After World War I, there were so few men in Germany that only 1 in 3 women would find a husband.

9. In Germany, it is illegal to run out of fuel on highways.

10. From 1989 to 2009, about 2,000 schools were closed in Germany because of a scarcity of children.

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

12. Hamburgers got their name from Hamburg, Germany.

13. In 2014, Germany officially abolished college tuition fees, even for international students.

14. 60% of YouTube's 1,000 most popular videos are blocked in Germany.

15. 2 million German women aged 13-70 were allegedly raped by the Red Army on WWII.

16. Germany made its final reparations payment from the WWI Treaty of Versailles in 2010.

17. Some 5,500 WWII bombs are discovered in Germany every year and defused, an average of 15 per day.

18. In 1917, Germany invited Mexico to join WWI by attacking the U.S. in order to recover the lost territories of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

19. Fanta originated in Germany as a result of difficulties importing Coca-Cola syrup into Nazi Germany during WWII.

20. Chinese checkers was invented in Germany.

21. In 1960, two of The Beatles got deported from Germany for lighting a condom on fire.

22. Dachau, the first NAZI concentration camp in Germany, opened six years before WWII.

23. During WWI, the King of England, the Tsar of Russia, and the Emperor of Germany were all first cousins.

24. German soccer player Mesut Ozil donated his €300,000 World Cup victory bonus to pay for surgery of 23 children in Brazil.

25.  More Germans were killed by the Russians in the Battle of Stalingrad alone than were killed during the entire WWII by America.

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