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Quick Facts About Germany
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Conventional Long Form Name: Federal Republic of Germany
Local Conventional Short Form Name: Germany
Local Long Form Name: Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Internet Country Code: .de
People are Called: Germans
Official Language: German
European Union status: Member
Total Population: 83.24 Million (DE Statis Statistisches Bundesamt)
Urban Population: 75.3% (World Factbook)
Major Urban Areas: Berlin (culture) 3.625 million; Hamburg 1.857 million; Munich 1.477 million; Cologne 1.071 million (2015)
Currency Symbol: €
Thousands Separator (space or dot) and Decimal Mark (comma): 1 234 567,89
A Million is a Million: But a US 'billion' is a German 'Milliarde' and a German 'Billion' is a US 'trillion'!
Clock: 24 hour clock, with times written as 14:45 or 14.45
Dates: (D)D. MM. (YY)YY (note the spaces after the dots, and generally don’t use a leading zero for days unless for alignment)
Time Zone: UTC+1
Daylight Savings Time: +1 hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Phone Number Country Code: 49
Landline Phone Number Format: 5 to 11 digits, including area code
Cell Phone Number Format: 10 or 11 digits
Calling to Germany from the US or Canada: 011 49 + phone number
Standard Work Week: The Working Hours Act (Arbeitszeitgesetz) generally regulates working hours in Germany
Annual Leave: Regulated by the Bundesurlaubsgesetz -the Federal Holidays Act
National Holiday: Unity Day, 3 October
Voting Age: 18
Drinking Age: 16 for beer and wine; 18 for for spirits. Drunk driving laws are strictly enforced!
Smoking: Each of the 16 federal states has their own smoke-free laws for public places. As of December 2014, nearly 40% of the German population lives in a state with a strict smoking ban including all restaurants, pubs, cafés and discos; other states will probably introduce similar strict laws in the future. Fines can be as much as €1,000
Statistisches Bundesamt - German Government statistics site