Cultural Attributes: Germans have a reputation for being industrious, thrifty, and orderly. They have a strong sense of regional pride, a fact that the federal system of government recognizes and accommodates. Most Germans have a strong classical education because of the nation’s rich heritage in music, history and art and they expect others to appreciat that heritage.
Germany is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe with number of inhabitants 82 544 000 (40 340 000 men and 42 100 000 women). Germany is the thirteenth most populous country in the world. The most inhabitants live in the federal republic of Bavaria (12 500 000). Density population is about 231 inhabitants per km2.
Ethnic composition of Germany is as follows: German – 92%, Turks about 3% with 2 million inhabitants, Italians 600 000 inhabitants, Greeks 350 000 inhabitants and Poles 330 000 inhabitants.
The most foreigners lives in the European regions of Hamburg 14,2 %. Hamburg has about 1 750 000 inhabitants of whom about 250 000 are foreigners. The most foreigners live in Nordhein-Westfalen about 2 million foreigners, and in Stuttgart about 560 000 foreigners.
In terms of religious denomination, most Germans are protestant - 47%, catholic 38%, Muslim 3,9% and Jewish 0,2%.
German high culture represents the traditional heritage of Germany in the field of literature, music, arts, cinematography, sports, cuisines etc. In the field of literature the country has shown marked progress during middle ages. At this time some of the master-writing received huge appraisal for their style and mass appeal. These comprise fairy tales collections by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. This was the time when bible was also translated to German, and the language used in the translation was known as the High German language. In the genre of poetry and literature some of the eminent authors contributed most remarkably, they are Lessing, Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, Hoffmann, Brecht and Schmidt.
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The country has some renowned musical artist and world-famous composers, such as Beethoven and Bach.
German cinematography dates a few years back. Under Hitler, most of the German cinematography served the imperial propaganda. From 1981 onwards Germany has produced variety of movies with respectful evaluation from the international film fraternity. In the recent past, the German film known as "The lives of others" by F.H. von Donnersmarck won an academy award for best foreign language film in 2007.
In the filed of architecture, German architects are famous for centuries of good building design. During the Nazi period, the country went through an era of pompous imperial building design inspired by ancient Rome. But after the Second World War, Germany started to contribute in important modern and post-modern structures, particularly since the reunification of Berlin.
German culture is strongly influenced by religion, particularly Catholic, Protestant and Jewish. It also reflects academic achievement. Some of the greatest universities in Europe are in Germany: for example: University of Tubingen, University of Berlin, University of Heidelberg , University of Marburg and others.