Germany is a densely populated and highly industrialized country with more than 82 million inhabitants. The life expectancy at birth is 77.6 years for males and 82.8 years for females. The percentage of the population aged 65 years or more is rising.

Germany does not have a national health care system. The health care system is administered through several autonomous bodies and associations such as the statutory health insurance system (GKV), the association of physicians under contract with the GKV, and the hospitals association.


Capital: Berlin
Geographical size: 357.137,2 km2
Population: 80.780.000 (2014)
Population as % of total EU population: 15,9 % (2014)
GDP: € 2.737,6 billion (2013)
Official EU language(s): German
Political system: Federal Parliamentary Republic
EU member country since: 1 January 1958
Seats in the European Parliament:  96
Currency: Eurozone member since 1 January 1999
Schengen area member? Yes, Schengen Area member since 26 March 1995
Presidency of the Council:  Germany has held the revolving presidency of the Council of the EU 11 times between 1958 and 2007