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Flag of Germany As Europe's largest economy and most populous nation, Germany remains a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC, which became the EU, and NATO, while the Communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring Eastern productivity and wages up to Western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro.

Map of Germany Full Name: Federal Republic of Germany
Area: 357,021 sq km (land: 349,223 sq km, water: 7,798 sq km)
Population: 80,722,792 (July 2016 est.)
Capital City: Berlin

People: German 91.5%, Turkish 2.4%, other 6.1% (made up largely of Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish)
Language: German
Religion: Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3%

Government Type: Federal Republic
Chief of State President Joachim GAUCK (since 23 March 2012)
Head of Government: Chancellor Angela MERKEL (since 22 November 2005)

GDP: $US 3.979 trillion (2016 est.)
GDP per Capita: $US 48,200 (2016 est.)
Inflation: 0.4% (2016 est.)
Unemployment: 4.3% (2016 est.)
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
Currency: Euro (€ - EUR)

Member of EU: Yes

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