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S: Aubrey's ABC Book of Germany

BC: The End

FC: ABC's of Germany | By:Aubrey Wheeler

1: Art | In Germany music plays a large part of their culture. Classical music is very famous in Germany, there have been many famous classical artists like Bach, Handel, Beethoven that were born and raised there (“facts about Germany”). The fine art in Germany deals a lot with the Nazi era. The younger artists tend to be drawn in towards that era. They reflect their art pieces on depression. One thing artist have been struggling with for years is photography. They were struggling because civilians of Germany never really accepted it as art; they just thing of it as digital Photos. Photography art is becoming more and more popular in Germany these days, because of a photographer named Katharina Sieverding(“facts about Germany”).

2: Buildings | Buildings defiantly have an impact on Germany’s culture. Most buildings were influenced by other European countries throughout the years. Germanys Architecture sure has changed throughout the years, with all different assortments of styles and materials (Gordeeva). There are now several different types of styles to go with different eras; like the Romanesque style, gothic style, and the Baroque Style. To have these styles they had to start of somewhere, so years ago for many buildings were made out of wood. Germany’s Buildings were all wooden because several hundred years ago Germany was just thick forest’s everywhere you look(Carr).

3: Communication | Communication throughout Germany is very similar to communication here in the U.S, that is one reason why Germany is the third ranked country for telecommunications. Germany has been gaining technology since the reunification after WWII (“just Germany”). Person to person communication is usually done by telephone. As well as email and internet is used just as often as the phone (“about Germany”). Letters are also popular in communication in Germany. Recently, a poll was taken in Germany and almost half of the people said they gather information from news television, and 20% get information from the written press.

4: Dress | In the earlier times in Germany clothing articles as the “tracht” were used to determine social and legal statuses in modern society. The tracht is like a metaphor of a wedding ring; or it can represent things like origin or trade (“about Germany”). Another way to describe Germanys typical dress code is through color. The famers and other lower class workers are colorized as grey and brown, and sometimes blue was exceptional (Gordeeva). The dirndl is another popular fashion/tradition in Germany; this is a type of clothing that fits snug to the bodice while little changes in detail determines the elaboration of the outfit (“about Germany”) . Ever since the industrial revolution happened the fashions just keep changing. The native dress and its meanings is starting to disappear while the dress came back in style but with a twist (Gordeeva).

5: Economy | The Germans proudly label their economy a "soziale Marktwirtschaft ," or "social market economy," to show that the system as it has developed after World War II has both a material and a social--or human--dimension.Germany has the fifth largest economy in the world. Leading exporter of machinery, vehicles, chemicals, and household equipment and benefits from a highly skilled labor force.

6: Family | In German culture typically there is less marriages, more divorces, and smaller families. Most young people were opting to live together before deciding to marry. This factor pushed the average age at marriage higher. Between 1972 and 1990, the number of such households increased sevenfold, to 963,000, or 2.7 percent of all households. Almost 90 percent of these were childless households. Most young people were opting to live together before deciding to marry. This factor pushed the average age at marriage higher.

7: Government | The current government type in Germany is Federal Republic. A Federal Republic government is when a federation of states come together to form a republic form of government.a state or federation of states that does not have a monarch as head of state.

8: History | History is very important in Germany's culture. One of the many things that took place in Germany was the Holocaust. the Holocaust was a systematic way of mass murdering the Jews by Nazis in Germany. Before WWII in 1993, there were well over nine million Jews. It was said by 1945 every two of three Jews were murdered by Nazis as part of the "Final Solution".

9: Icons | Germany has many monuments in the country to keep the country thinking about what they have been through to make it the country what it is now. In remembrance of all the wars,separation,and unification they had in the country they made monuments like the Brandenburg Gate and the Bode Museum and Rathaus.

10: Jobs | Toytown Germany is the most popular source for English-speaking jobs in Germany. Whether you're resident in Germany and looking to change career, or wish to relocate to Germany, we can help you find professional jobs or casual work.Agriculture is large in Germany, many people work as farmers, but this line of work is in decline. Many people work in factories, for example in the automobile industry (Volkswagen, Opel, Daimerl Chrysler). Tourism is another huge branch of industry, with people working it hotels, restaurants ect.

11: Knowledge | Things get from person to person in Germany through stories within there own families. Parents tell their children stories that were based on myths, legends, or even old folk tails. Then the children tell their children and that cycle keeps repeating.

12: Language | German is the official language of Germany. German is the most Germanic language. The Bavarian language is also common in Germany, as well as the Danish language. other popular languages are Frankish, eastern Frisian, nothern Frisian, and German sign language.

13: In Germany people travel by car, by rail and by bus. Rail is popular and on some routes very fast but it is not cheap. Taxis are another way of getting around the country or Germany. Taxi cabs can be found around any airport or community location. | Movement &Migration

14: National Pride | People in Germany feel ashamed of what happened in the holocaust, and WWII. People still are little touchy and sensitive about the subject. The Nazi legacy is a subject that most Germans don't want to talk about. A random fact about this topic is its illegal to deny the existence of the holocaust. Every year the German govt memorialize the deaths of all the\Jewish people.

15: Organization | One of the German organizations is for sports. That organization is calledDeutscher Sport Club. This organization was founded in 1960. It is primarily a social club although it is planning to restart its soccer program. Its purpose is to provide a bit of German Culture by providing German events and trying to maintain German traditions in the new world. All Germans and Americans are invited to attend the events,

16: Population | At the end of 2004, Germany's population was 82.5 million, essentially unchanged from the prior year. The largest ethnic group of non-German origin are the Turkish. There is a lower marriage rates, delayed marriage and child-bearing, low fertility rates, small household size, high divorce rates, and extended life expectancy in Germany.

17: Quality of Life | In 2004 Germany ranked thirtieth in the world in life expectancy (78 years for men). It had a very low infant mortality rate (4.7 per 1,000 live births), and it was tied for eighth place in the number of practicing physicians, at per 1,000 people (3.3). In 2001 total spending on health amounted to 10.8 percent of gross domestic product

18: Religion | Roman Catholicism, one of Germany's two main religions. The origins of the two religions came from eighth-century missionary work of Saint Boniface. In the next centuries, Roman Catholicism made more converts and spread eastward. In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the Knights of the Teutonic Order spread German and Roman Catholic influence by force of arms along the southern Baltic Coast and into Russia. In 1517, Martin Luther challenged papal authority and what he saw as the commercialization of his faith. In the process, Luther changed the course of European and world history and established the second major faith in Germany--Protestantism.

19: Taboos | *In Germany is that forming a circle with the thumb and index finger (meaning "OK" in North America) is usually considered an obscene gesture. *War is still a touchy subject in Germany so it is said that your not supposed to talk about war in Germany.

20: Urban or Rural | Urban districts are large towns or cities which handle their own local government. Rural districts provide services for the smaller towns and villages in an area. In some states the towns and villages in a district are joined into mter This is because the towns and villages in the area are too small to provide the local services If the "Amt" system is used towns or settlements might be "amtfrei" that is, not part of an amt because the town can handle its own local affairs.

21: Vacation | [The country of Germany has very successful bicycling, weight-lifting, swimming, gymnastics, track and field, boxing, ice skating, and winter sports teams. Germans love to travel also, they like to go to neighboring countries to experiance new cultures. Another popular activity is to spend time at the beach, go to the movies, and go to concerts. Some popular sports in Germany that aren't very popular here are bobsledding, luge, and skeleton which is winter sliding sport in which an individual person rides a small sled down a frozen track while lying face down.

22: Ways of Everyday Life | The modern patterns of life and global forms of entertainment, from fast food to Hollywood films, have weakened the traditional arts, entertainments, and customs of regional and rural Germany, although this has occurred somewhat less so in southern Germany, where the older arts and usages have persisted concurrently with a gradual adaptation to a modern urban pattern of life; the old and the new coexist in an incongruous compatibility.

23: X-marks the spot | [Germany has the highest mountain range in Europe which are the Alps, they also have many rolling plains which make them have good farm land. Their main exports are grain crops and grapes, along with pig and cattle ranching. Germany is well known for its wine production. Although, they have a lot of factories which has lead to serious air pollution problem. They also have several rivers which leads to a big risk of flooding.

24: Yummmm | The food in Germany bears a major regional influence and is also influenced by the neighboring countries Switzerland, Belgium and France.The most popular food in Germany is pork. Bread is another staple and popular food, with about 300 varieties baked dark brown in color and enriched with protein. There is a museum dedicated to bread makiThe food in Germany bears a major regional influence and is also influenced by the neighboring countries Switzerland, Belgium and France. and its history in Ulm, a city in Germany.

25: Ztuff | Facts! *Germany is the World’s second biggest producer of cars, after japan. *There are 1,300 beer breweries in Germany, making some 5,000 kinds of beer. German people are the world's third biggest beer drinkers after the Czechs and the Irish. *Sixty five percent of the autobahn has no speed limit. *Germany is also know for the cuckoo clock. It was first made in the country in the early 17th century Another interesting fact I found was that in the summertime of 1916 in the middle of WWI Germany was the first country to adapt daylight savings time.

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