Located in Central Europe, Germany covers 137,847 square miles and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. With 81.8 million people, Germany has the largest population among member states of the European Union, and it is home to the third-largest number of international migrants worldwide. Germany is a federal parliamentary republic of sixteen states. After World War II, Germany was divided into two separate states — East Germany and West Germany. It was then reunified in 1990. More EF Foundation exchange students come from Germany than any other country, as high school exchange is a widely-accepted and encouraged part of teenage life there.
It is believed that Sauerbraten was invented by Charlemagne in the ninth century as a means of using leftover roasted meat, originally that of a horse. It is marinated before cooking in a mixture of vinegar, water, spices and seasonings and is traditionally served with red cabbage, potato dumplings, boiled potatoes or noodles.
German schools don't offer extracurricular activities and, instead, many German students participate in sport clubs outside of school. The most popular sports are swimming, skiing, soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball and martial arts. Many teenagers also play an instrument or sing in a choir. Young people often meet each other in youth clubs or cafes after school. Going to the cinema, dancing or going to a cafe to play darts or pool are some favorite weekend activities.
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- German children finish school before lunch everyday, around 1PM.
- The tallest church in the world, Ulm Cathedral, is in Germany and is 530 feet high.
- Germans answer the phone with their last name instead of saying “Hello.”
- There are around 300 varieties of bread in Germany.
- Dogs can go just about anywhere in Germany including first class restaurants, buses, trains, shops, and bookstores.