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  • President: Joachim Gauck (2012)

    Chancellor: Angela Merkel (2005)

    Land area: 135,236 sq mi (350,261 sq km); total area: 137,846 sq mi (357,021 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 80,996,685 (growth rate: –0.18%); birth rate: 8.42/1000; infant mortality rate: 3.46/1000; life expectancy: 80.44

    Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Berlin (capital since Oct. 3, 1990), 3.462

    Other large cities: Hamburg, 1.796 million; Munich, 1.364; Cologne, 1.006 million

    Monetary unit: Euro (formerly Deutsche mark)

    National name: Bundesrepublik Deutschland

    Current government officials

    Language: German

    Ethnicity/race: German 91.5%, Turkish 2.4%, Italian 0.7%, Greek 0.4%, Polish 0.4%, other 4.6%

    Religions: Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Islam 4%, Unaffiliated or other 28%

    National Holiday: Unity Day, October 3

    Literacy rate: 99% (2003 est.)

    Economic summary GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $3.227 trillion; per capita $39,500. Real growth rate: 0.5%. Inflation: 1.6%. Unemployment: 6%. Arable land: 33.25%. Agriculture: potatoes, wheat, barley, sugar beets, fruit, cabbages; cattle, pigs, poultry. Labor force: 44.2 million; industry 24.6%, agriculture 1.6%, services 73.8% (2011). Industries: among the world's largest and most technologically advanced producers of iron, steel, coal, cement, chemicals, machinery, vehicles, machine tools, electronics, food and beverages, shipbuilding, textiles. Natural resources: iron ore, coal, potash, timber, lignite, uranium, copper, natural gas, salt, nickel, arable land. Exports: $1.493 trillion (2013 est.): machinery, vehicles, chemicals, metals and manufactures, foodstuffs, textiles. Imports: $1.233 trillion (2013 est.): machinery, vehicles, chemicals, foodstuffs, textiles, metals. Major trading partners: France, U.S., UK, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Spain, China, Switzerland, Poland (2013).

    Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 50.7 million (2012); mobile cellular: 107.7 million (2012). Broadcast media: a mixture of publicly-operated and privately-owned TV and radio stations; national and regional public broadcasters compete with nearly 400 privately-owned national and regional TV stations; more than 90% of households have cable or satellite TV; hundreds of radio stations including multiple national radio networks, regional radio networks, and a large number of local radio stations (2008) Internet hosts: 20.043 million (2012). Internet users: 65.125 million (2009).

    Transportation: Railways: total: 41,981 km (2012). Highways: total: 644,480 km (2012). Waterways: 7,467 km (2012); note: Rhine River carries most goods; Main-Danube Canal links North Sea and Black Sea. Ports and harbors: Bremen, Bremerhaven, Brunsbuttel, Duisburg, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Mainz, Rostock, Wilhemshaven. Airports: 539 (2013).

    International disputes: none.

    Major sources and definitions

    Rulers of Germany and Prussia

    The Berlin Wall (1961–1990)

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