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Fascinating Facts

Focus on Culture - Fascinating Facts

Serious and Fun Facts

German is the most widely spoken first language in Europe and the second most learnt second language (after English) in Europe.

125 million speak German in Europe as their first language.

15 million of 82 million in Germany have a migrant background making Germany, a multicultural community just like Australia.

German is a language of global significance and being learnt throughout the world in schools, at university and at cultural centres like the Goethe-Institut

Did you know that?

  • Deutsche Stars - Just some of the German inventions we use everyday (PDF file)

See more at Focus on Culture: Ideas and Innovation

Facts about German and Australia (2006 Census)

  • German-speaking migrants have been arriving in Australia since 1838
  • 110,400 German-born residents in Australia (2006 census)
  • 30,000+ live in Victoria
  • 160,000+ German tourists to Australia each year

See also Focus on Culture: German in Australia

European History

  • 962-1806 - Holy Roman Empire
  • 1358 - Hanseatic League - a global trading community
  • 1618-1648 - the Thirty Years' War
  • 1273-1918 - the length of reign of the House of Hapsburg with origins in the Holy Roman Empire
  • 1517 - October 31 - Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg
  • 1640-1918 - the length of reign of the House of Hohenzollern
  • 1635-1918 - the the House of Hannover (included Great Britain and Ireland until 1901)
  • 1871 - German Empire - when Germany first became Germany
  • 1919-1933 - the Weimar Republic
  • 1933-1945 - the Third Reich (drittes reicht!)
  • 1945 - Bombing of Dresden
  • 86a - article in the Strafgesetzbuch of post-WWII outlawing "use of symbols of unconstitutional organisations", including Nazi symbolism and greetings
  • 1958 - West Germany a founding member of the European Union
  • History of German - an overview

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Australians are bringing Aussie Rules football to the German-speaking world

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The last word on facts goes to Facts about Germany in a choice of 19 languages.





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