Germany has 82,5 million inhabitants, more than one fourth of the the total U.S. population, making it by far the largest of all Western and Central European countries (with Italy, France and Great-Britain following with about 57 million inhabitants each). It is the most densely populated of all the European countries, and one of the most densely populated regions on earth. Germany is also one of the driving forces behind the idea of a united Europe.
Germany is well known as the land of poets and thinkers, of composers, scientists and engineers. It has the strongest economy of all the European nations. Germany has one of the highest standards of living worldwide, ranks number 3 worldwide in terms of gross national product and has repeatedly been world champion of export.
Germany is located in the heart of Europe, bordering nine Western and Eastern European countries. This location has been of strategic influence for Germany in exporting goods, and commodities, but also trends, worldviews, philosophies and theologies…for better or for worse!
Germany has one of the lowest birth rates of all nations (about 1.2 births/woman). And just about 10% of all the children born are born into Muslim families. For many years now, more immigrants have flocked into the country than children born in it. Were it not for immigration, Germany would be experiencing a backward “growth”.