Area: 137,846 square miles
Languages: German is the official language; Turkish is also spoken in Berlin.
Location: Germany is bordered by Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, the North Sea, and the Baltic Sea.
Geography: Located in central Europe, Germany is bordered on the west by the Benelux countries and France, and on the east by Poland and the Czech Republic. Switzerland and Austria are to the south. Germany’s northern coastline is met by the North Sea and the Baltic.
Population (2002 estimate): 83,251,851
Religion: Protestant 38%, Roman Catholic 34%, unaffiliated or other 26.3%
Time zone: Germany is on Central European Time, six hours ahead of U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is noon in Berlin. Daylight Saving Time begins the last Sunday in March and ends the last Sunday in October.