The Federal Republic of Germany is a democratic parliamentary federal state since 1949. Since the reunification in 1990 it includes 16 states. Head of State is the President and the head of government is the Chancellor.

Germany has an area of 357,022 square kilometers. The longest distance from north to south is 876 kilometers from west to east, 640 kilometers.

Urban, rural, river
The largest city is also the capital city: Berlin with 3.4 million inhabitants. The landscape in Germany is varied. In the north there is the coasts of the North and the Baltic Sea and in the south the high peaks of the Alps rise. In between you will find different landscapes: agricultural shaped levels, wide river and lake areas, wooded areas, urban centers and hilly highlands.

In Germany there is a moderate climate with westerly winds. Large temperature fluctuations are rare. Rain falls throughout the year. In general we have mild winter (2 ° C to -6 ° C) and moderate summers (18 ° C to 20 ° C).

Germany is the most populated country in Europe. Around 82 million people live here, representing a population density of 230 persons per square kilometer.

The common language is German. There are many different dialects and patois, which provide information about which region someone comes from. But High German is understood everywhere.
In addition, a large proportion of the population speaks English, language barriers for many foreign visitors are therefore not a problem.
About two-thirds of the German population is Christian. The distribution between members of the Protestant Church and Catholics is relatively balanced, with more Protestants living in Northern Germany and more Catholics in the south. In addition, approximately four million Muslims and 100.000 Jews live in Germany.

Currently, more than 15 million people with immigrant backgrounds live in Germany. About 7 million of whom are foreigners, about 8 million have German citizenship. After the emigrants, immigrants from Turkey represent the largest group with 2.5 million, another 1.5 million are from the former Yugoslavia or its successor states. The number of Muslims living in Germany is estimated at 4 million.

Land of poets and thinkers
Germany is home to great poets and famous musicians. Names like Goethe and Grass, Bach and Beethoven are evidence of the long tradition of top-class cultural scene. There are about 300 theaters and 130 professional orchestras, 630 art museums with major collections internationally.
Even science and major educational and research institutions are firmly established in Germany: The approximately 370 universities enjoy high reputation in international students.

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Situated at the heart of Germany, midway between the Northern Lowlands and the mountainous central region, the charming city of Paderborn is full of many diverse and delightful attractions.

The city's wider community extends across eastern North-Rhine Westphalia and encompasses a catchment area of half a million people, the majority of whom live in the more rural outlying villages. There are 145,000 inhabitants (as recorded in December 2009) living within the city, many of which moved to Paderborn during the last thirty years.

The city has numerous qualities to tempt the visitor. With over 1200 years of history to its credit, it is steeped in historical tradition which has shaped the cityscape. The many parks and green spaces beginning right by the shopping precinct at Pader Springs are much appreciated by city-dwellers and visitors alike. Despite the recent modernisation and expansion of the city, it remains a user-friendly place that can be easily navigated. In comparison with other cities, inhabitants have only a short distance to travel from home to work. Paderborn's appeal thus lies in the combination of many different qualities. Ancient and modern, sacred and spiritual, economic and political are all combined, each contributing to the city's distinctive character. Take a virtual tour around Paderborn through our city guide and form your own picture of the city - then experience it for real by paying us a visit! We look forward to seeing you!

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