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is one of Germany the world's leading industrialised countries, located in the heart of Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, to the west by France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic.
Germany is a democratic federal parliamentary republic, containing 16 federal-
states ( Bundesländer), which in certain spheres act independently of the Federation or "Bund".
The Federal Republic of Germany is a member state of the
United Nations, NATO, the G8 nations, and a founding member of what is now the European Union. It is the largest country in surface area in Central Europe. More...
Anniversaries for December 22
Did you know ...
... that the opera house for the
Dresden court, Opernhaus am Taschenberg (pictured), opened in 1667 and was dedicated as a church in 1708? ... that
Dieterich Buxtehude combined as funeral music for his father the earlier , composed for Menno Hanneken, and a new lament Mit Fried und Freud ? Klag-Lied ... that Martin Luther's hymn "
", a reflection of the Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin canticle of Simeon, is the base of funeral music by Schütz, Buxtehude and Bach? ... that
was the first Hermann Graf fighter pilot to claim 200 aerial victories? ... that although the
, in Hendrick Martin House Red Hook, New York, was built according to German building traditions, it shows later Dutch and English influence? ... that since the execution of
and a German soldier for war crimes on 21 March 1952, no further Andries Jan Pieters executions have taken place in the Netherlands? ... that
conducted Wagner's Hans Wallat ninety times? Der Ring des Nibelungen
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