Germany is the world’s fourth largest economy, and is a major producer of cars and other engineering products, chemicals & pharmaceuticals and electrical goods.
It has the oldest universal health care system in the world, dating back to the 1880s.
Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) is the largest train station in the world, while Frankfurt International Airport serves more foreign destinations than any other.
The former West Germany was a founder member of the EU, then known as the European Economic Community (EEC), in 1958.
Following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, reunification with East Germany took place in 1990.
Its population is 81.2 million, the largest in the EU.
The country’s traditional diet is reflected in the 1,500 varieties of sausage made across Germany, the high consumption of pork, chicken and beef, and the high levels of beer drinking. However, it now has the second highest number of Michelin stars for its restaurants after France.