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Some basic facts about Germany:

Population:   82 million (UK 60 million)
Area: 357,023 km² (UK 245,000 km²)
People per km²: 229
Language: German (however English is widely spoken)
Religion: Protestant (North), Roman Catholic (South)
Currency:  Euro (1 Euro = 100 cents)
Capital: Berlin  (3.9 million)
Internet domain: .de
Dialling code: +49
Time zone: (CET / GMT+1)
States (Länder): Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Lower-Saxony, North Rhein-Westfalia, Rheinland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia
Biggest cities:  Berlin (3.9 million)
Hamburg (1.7 million)
Munich (1.2 million)
Cologne (1 million)
Frankfurt (650,000)

Some interesting facts:

The German motorways (Autobahns), which were constructed in the 1930s, were the first motorways in Europe
Germany has won the FIFA World Cup 4 times and last hosted the competition in June 2006

A German invented the car (Karl Benz) in 1888. The company that he founded with his partner still exists today (Mercedes Benz)

Germany has 12 international airports and over 600 other smaller airports
Germans are famous for separating their rubbish - most households have five different coloured bins
Instead of crossing their fingers for good luck, Germans press their thumb
Germany's rivers and canals are as busy with traffic as their roads!
The Munich Oktoberfest (known by locals as the "Wiesn") is the largest public festival in the world and is attended by approximately 6 million visitors annually, who drink more than 5 million litres of beer!
The highest mountain in Germany is the Zugspitze, which stands at 2962m
 

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