10 Things You Didn’t Know About Germany


– [Voiceover] Germany has
certainly been in the news in recent years. From the bundling
politics of Angela Merkel to the famed beer
festival in Munich, known as the Oktoberfest, Germany has repeatedly
been in the spotlight, and, far and away, the
country most requested by our Top Lists fans has
been the Bundesrepublik. So now, by popular demand, we
bring you the top 10 things you didn’t know about Germany. Germany is the largest
economy in Europe. It has the fourth largest
nominal GDP in the world. It might seem exaggerated
to say, but everything that has to do with the
European Union and Euro is highly dependent on Germany. In fact, without Germany’s
economic participation and continued support the Eurozone would be
a thing of the past. Germany’s support has allowed for the continual participation of substantially
weaker economies, such as Spain,
Italy, and Greece, and has kept their
economies afloat in the midst of horrible debt
and economic mismanagement. So theoretically, if Germany
cut the purse strings, it could send all of southern
Europe into a downward spiral, but that’s probably
not going to happen. And here is why. Germany is a country
haunted by its past and the possibility of being
portrayed in a negative light is something that Germans
just can’t afford. You see, if Germany left the
EU and cut off southern Europe, you can only imagine the
names it would be called, and that’s putting it mildly. Because of this,
Germany will be stuck between a rock and a hard
place for a long time to come. Unfortunately, it hasn’t
been all beer and glory as Germany has a
pretty checkered past. If you’ve never been
to Germany before, you probably have never
heard of the stolperstein, or literally a stumbling stone. Conceived in the eary
1990s, by the German artist Gunter Demnig, the
stolperstein is a tile, usually made of bronze,
commemorating the victims of the National Socialist
regime in Germany. Their names and place
of residence are
etched into the tile, as is the approximate
date of death and sometimes time
of deportation to the concentration
camps of the Nazis. By now, stolpersteine
have spread across Europe to countries outside of Germany, marking the popularity
of the idea behind them. According to the Cambridge
historian Joseph Pearson, it is not the
information on the tiles that gives passer-bys
pause, but the lack thereof. “It is not what is written
on them which intrigues, “because the inscription
is insufficient “to conjure a person. It is the emptiness,
void, lack of information, “the maw of the forgotten, “which gives the
monuments their power “lifts them from the
banality of a statistic.” As a part of Germany’s
unfortunate past
there’re some things you literally just
cannot say in Germany. That is, if you don’t
want to go to jail, called Volksverhetzung in
German, or incitement to hatred, saying certain things about
certain groups of people, or denying the Holocaust and the legacy of
National Socialism can actually land you in jail. Some of the statute
reads as follows: “Whosoever publicly or
in a meeting approves of, “denies or downplays
an act committed “under the rule of
National Socialism “in manner capable of
disturbing the public peace “shall be liable to imprisonment “not exceeding five
years or a fine.” Such legal measures have
been debated back and forth on their merits by
freedom of speech scholars for several decades now. But the German
government seems intent on upholding the measures
for the foreseeable future. From dark pumpernickel
to light rye to everything inbetween in
over 300 types of bread, Germany has more bread variety than any other
country in the world. Bread forms a major part of
just about every German meal and with over 300 types
it’s not hard to see why. In fact, one German word
for dinner, Abendbrot, literally means evening bread
and indicates the importance of one’s daily bread in Germany. Another popular sort of bread, rarely seen outside of Germany, is the Broetchen, which
literally means little bread. Which, in fact, is
lesser type of bread, there is a particular
size and shape of bread. Broetchen are typically small
and can be held in one hand, as opposed to full
loaves of bread, and are possibly the most
popular type of food in Germany. While most people think of beer
when they think of Germany, they’re really missing
out on all that bread. Unlike the United
States where piss water, otherwise known as Coors
Light and Budweiser, counts as beer, Germany
is rightly regarded as the fatherland of beer. Going as far back
as Roman times, when Germanic tribes were
cited by Roman historians for their beer brewing skills, the tradition has continued
throughout the Middle Ages to the present, giving
us a tremendous variety of trully unique beer. As a testament to
German dedication to a pure and tasteful
beer, in the Middle Ages there was legislation introduced
called the Reinheitsgebot, or purity decree, proclaiming that only the
purest of ingredients, namely water, barley and
hops, could go into beer. Today, there’re dozens and
dozens of beers in Germany, many of them regional, such
as the Cologne-based Koelsch, which is actually illegal to brew outside of
the Cologne region. But rest assured, every type
of German beer bears the stamp of umparalleled German quality. Germany was the birthplace
of one of the greatest and most long-standing religious
and political conflicts in the world. Martin Luther, theologian
and religious radical, infamously posted his 95 Theses on the Power and
Efficacy of Indulgences on the door of a
church in Wittenberg, as a critique of the
Catholic Church’s corruption, and shortly thereafter
Europe exploded in conflict. This action on the
part of Martin Luther is widely regarded as the
beginning of the splintering and fracturing of
Christianity in Europe as protestantism was born. This led to centuries of
political and religious conflict accompanied by mass bloodshed
and loss of human life in such conflicts as
the Thirty Years’ War, which is widely regarded as one of the most destructive
conflicts in European history, and the infamous St.
Bartholomew’s Day
massacre in France where Catholics
engaged in mass murder of thousands of French
protestant calvinists, known as Huguenots. Without the German
theologian Martin Luther modern Europe as
we know it today and indeed Christianity would
be very, very different. You may not know it, but Germany is a
comparatively young country. Prior to the 19th century and
throughout the Middle Ages much of what was modern Germany had simply been known as
the Holy Roman Empire. But in the 19th century,
under the visionary authority of the Prussian statesmen
Otto von Bismarck, the modern concept
of the nation-state
of Germany was born. Germany is often referred
to as the Bundesrepublik, and this is because
modern Germany is composed of 16 federal states, which
all differ from each other often in subtle ways. They are: Buden-Wuerttemberg,
Bavaria, Hesse, Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate,
Thuringia, North Rhine-Westphalia,
Lower Saxony, Hamburg, Bremen, Saxony-Anhalt,
Saxony, Brandenburg, Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and finally, Schleswig-Holstein. The modern German consolation
of 16 federated states is relatively new
in German history. But each one retains a
fiercely independent character dating back to before the
time of German unification. For example, the state of
Bavaria refers to itself as Freistaat Bayern, which
means the free state of Bavaria. The Bundeslander, as they
are called in German, all have different
customs, histories, foods, and even cultures, often
going back many centuries, giving them each
a unique flavour despite falling under the
banner of greater Germany. Just as modern Germany evolved
from many separate states that were fused together under the iron fist
of Otto von Bismarck, so too is modern
standard German, called Hochdeutsch in German, an album of many different
elements fused into one. The dialects of
Germany are even older than the regions they
seem to come from, harking back to the
earliest Germanic tribes, mentioned by the Romans. From that period onwards
the Germanic tribesmen settled in many different places and their languages
evolved on their own. Fast forward to the present
and you have a country with literally hundreds
of different dialects, some of which are so
different from each other so as to be considered
different languages. For example, the High
German word for squirrel is Eichhoernchenschwanz,
but in Bavarian it’s Orchkatezlschworf. Even if you don’t know German, you can certainly
hear the difference. A Bavarian speaking
his native dialect to a person from Hamburg will
not be understood at all. So to communicate
across the many states and indeed countries, such
as Switzerland and Austria, German speak High German,
a standardized German with a fixed grammar
and set of rules, albeit each with their
own regional accents. For some four decades
Germany was a divided land. There was West Germany
and East Germany, also known as the DDR, or Deutsche
Demokratische Republik. A legacy of the Cold War that
ensued after World War II, it all ended when East Germany
was united as one country with the West after the
fall of the Berlin Wall on November, 9th, 1989. There were great hopes at
the time with many people long separated from
each other reconnected, but many of these
hopes have been dashed in the ensuing decades. Close to three decades
after the fall of the wall, eastern Germany still lags
behind its western counterpart economically by as
much as one third. Greater unemployment and
fewer life opportunities have also given rise to a
comparatively disproportionate number of so-called
anti-establishment groups, such as neo-Nazis,
fascists, and the far-right, compared to western Germany. It’s sad to admit, but
it just might be the case that eastern Germany
may never catch up with western Germany,
something that, given Germany’s
troubled history, might bring with
it potentially dire political and
social consequences not just for Germany, but
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  1. Jetzt über Bier: In Alaska sagt man in einer Kneipe; I want to rent a piss! (eigentlich: ich möchte eine Pisse vermieten!)

  2. I don't know why but it's funny to see this if you're from Germany.

    Truly, eat as much bread and Brötchen as often as you can when you are in Germany! Especially "Splitterbrötchen", Zwiebelbrot, Sonnenblumenkernbrot and Croissants are great, but actually everything in my opinion.

  3. Wait.. other countries don't have Brötchen? Oh my… I'm eating a Brötchen every single day. I couldn't live without Brötchen xD

  4. alot of fucking letters to say squirrel. they need to shorten the word squirrel , to much energy to expend if you want to write a book all about squirrels

  5. 0:52 fake, Italy is the third largest money contributor to EU, that means that we pay to EU more than what we recive back from EU (1st Germany, 2nd France) . This is reality! Many other Countries pay to EU less than what they recive back this is a fact! Germany never paid something for Italy, with the exception of a voluntary contribution and solidarity following the earthquake in the Abruzzo region

  6. poor germany 🙁 filled with filth like turks,blacks,arabs etc…… may one day fascism rise again and save this beautiful country .. ps… i am german and has witnessed germany fall :'(

  7. In point 4 you are missing one of the most importain parts of german history. The time bewen the "Heilingens Römisches Reich deruscher Nation " (HRRdN) and the Kaiserreich, were Nepoleon unified the most parts to litle states aund made a platform for the german Kaiserreich

  8. something you didn't say is that many of these breads are just mixed up; maize plus wheat = bread… a whole new bread, wheat plus maize = bread a whole new type of bread… now u see?

  9. Who else's Mother language is German?

    Ich ;D und ich finde Deutschland ist ein echt Schönes land..und eigentlich sollte im thumbnail nicht angela Merkel sein sondern Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

  10. Anstatt auf noch bestehende Unterschiede zwischen alten und neuen Bundesländern hinzuweisen, sollte das gewaltige Aufholen der neuen Bundesländer nicht vergessen werden
    Wenn ich jetzt durch Sachsen fahre, kann ich kaum noch einen Unterschied erkennen.

  11. Germans are leftist idiots, they have socialist blood in their veins. The intellectual heritage of communism is still alive in Germany and these extremely leftist idiots will destroy Europa when they aim to help the entire third world. There is a typical German idealist sentence: Am deutschen Wesen wird die Welt genesen which means: "The world will by healed by the German character". I really worry that, although Germany would heal the world outside of Europe it simultaneous destroys Germany and Europe. Most blue collar Germans, Eastern Germans and most other Europeans too really HATE Merkel and her self-sacrificial immigration policy. In fact Germans are extremely idealist and leftist in their mindset (that was the case even as early as in 18th century) but sometimes it is too much. When Germany is destroyed by immigration policies than nobody can heal the world. That would be very sad.

  12. Great video, but let me correct an error nevertheless: Germany has always been kind of a federal state, so that concept isn't fairly new at all. The Holy Roman Empire was composed of independent states, and the emporer was elected by the princes and kings of those independent states. The German nation, built in 1871 by Otto von Bismarck, was also a federal state, although very much like the US states, the German states like Prussia or Bavaria would leave management of foreign affairs to the Government of the Reich in Berlin. Unlike during the time of the Holy Roman Empire, the German Emperor was not elected, but was the King of Prussia in personal union. After World war I these German states existed in the Weimarer Republic, which also was a federal state. So this is nothing new for Germany. The only thing new ist, that Germany is now officialle called the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) whereas before WW 2 it was called Deutsches Reich.

  13. German guilt is so high they've become cucks. Japan moved on from their dark past and are now better taking care of their country. Meanwhile Germany is so up its ass in guilt its literally taking away peoples freedom of speech (just like nazis did lol irony) and so open to immigration from 3rd world countries its ruining their country. This is why japan has come about as probably one of the best places in the world at least you won't get arrested for stupid shit.

    germany go back you can't even build a car without braking down every other week.

  14. German is one of the most sexiest languages in the world if you love to swear. 😀 I love my language and even more my dialect. =3

  15. Haha! 😀 You translate: squirrel=Eichhörnchen-schwanz*
    Correct: squirrel= (just) Eichhörnchen 😀

    And it gives only two dialects…
    "Bavarian" and "normal" german.
    The others are just a little different in the pronunciation.
    But as a german you can understand all, also bavarian. 😉

  16. Have you seen that comment at the beginning which said ''nazi germany''? Well I guess we will always be the nazis because of what hitler and the nazis did decades ago.. maybe even in 200 years who knows? We will always keep in mind what horrible things our nation did to u and itself, but I hope that someday we can move on and won't get called nazis anywhere we go from people who don't know us

  17. Hallo Deutsch from Romania! I learn english and german (but the german language is harder than english, thats why I right now speak in english) and I love your food! We haved a project in the classroom to do german food and all was great!
    Later edit: We have brőtchen (bread). It's called "pâine" in romanian language. Sorry for my bad english. Kisses :*

  18. 1. Not Wittenburg
    The City is called Wittenberg
    2. The East is just as good als Economics als The West because it's only Germany not two countrys

  19. 8:50 Im very sure that everybody in Germany can understand themselves even with different dialects! For instance, I can understand my Grandmother perfectly (She has a Swabian accent which is very strong) and I speak close-to-hochdeutsch and I have (nearly) no problem understanding her. (Me and my friends can all also understand what Northern-Germans are speaking)

  20. I dont mean to be rude, but Germans literally enjoy no freedom of speech and are perennial slaves to you know who. Just knowing they just finished paying war reparations recently for world war 1 Thats ridiculous just saying it

  21. Wir sind deutlich mehr als nur Gute Bäcker und Bräuer 😉 wir sind Autobauer, wir sind die Industrie, wir sind die Wirtschaft, wir sind LKW Bauer, wir sind Die Schiffsbauer, wir sind Die Zugbauer, wir haben die Beste Flugzeug Industrie – Airbus, wir sind einer der Schlausten Menschen auf der Welt, wir haben gute Universitäten, wir haben die Autobahn, wir sind das Land Mit Versicherungen, wir sind die Frühaufsteher, wir sind die Pünktlichen, wir sind Stahlbauer, wir sind WM-Weltmeister (außer 2018😝), wir sind das Land der unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten, wir sind die Wissenschaft, wir haben einer der Besten Airlines (Lufthansa Group), wir haben das 2. Größte Kreuzfahrtschiff auf der Welt oder das 1. Kreuzfahrtschiff was mit LNG betrieben werden kann die AIDAnova, wir sind die Harz4 Haben, wir sind die Länder mit den Größten Unternehmen wir sind das Land das jeder kennt. WIR SIND DEUTSCHLAND 🇩🇪

  22. Well pepole think we are bad 'cuse there was Hitler he was bad and he was Killing pepole…(i live in Germany)

  23. Streichholzschächtelcheneichhörnchenwohnungsüberprüfungsbeauftragtenhandtaschennahttester
    Is a completey perfekt word that you could use in Germany and everybody would understand ist

  24. Tf im Dutch what am I doing here-

    I was curious checking on my neighbour country 😂 I hope this guy doesn't misspronounce your words cuz he did for the Netherlandse video


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