Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

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Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
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OriginMunich, Germany
YouTube information
Years active2013—Present
Subscribers8.1+ million
Total views588+ million
Associated actsCGP Grey, Vsauce3
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2014
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2015
Subscriber and view counts updated as of 23 February 2019.

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell (/ˈkʊərtsɡəzɑːkt/; previously Kurzgesagt) is a Munich-based YouTube channel and design studio. The YouTube channel focuses on producing animated educational content. Founded by Philipp Dettmer in 2013, the channel has now gained over 8 million subscribers. YouTube videos from Kurzgesagt typically discuss scientific subjects, such as the Big Bang, but also feature various political, philosophical and psychological subjects, such as basic income, optimistic nihilism and loneliness. Each video is typically 5–10 minutes in length. Kurzgesagt YouTube videos are also available in German through the channel Dinge Erklärt – Kurzgesagt. (Dinge Erklärt means 'things explained'.)[1]


The Kurzgesagt YouTube channel was created on July 9, 2013. The first video, which explained evolution, was published two days later. The videos were more popular than expected, and the channel went from a project worked on during the free time of a few friends to a design studio with over a dozen employees.[2]

In 2015, Kurzgesagt was commissioned to do a video on the end of disease for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has worked with the foundation on a number of other commissions since including the Pan Pan 1010 research for the rehabilitation of Pandas in Chengdu.[3]


The name derives from the German kurz gesagt (IPA: [ˈkʊɐ̯ts gəˈzaːkt]), which directly translates to "said in short";[4][5] it has been translated as 'in brief' or 'in a nutshell'.[6]

In 2015, the name displayed in the title video was changed from "Kurzgesagt" to "In a Nutshell - by Kurzgesagt". The name was changed again in 2016 to "Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell"


In March 2019, Kurzgesagt released a video "Can You Trust Kurzgesagt Videos?", in which the channel admits that its content has not always been based on fact-checked research. The channel admitted that its video regarding addiction supported a controversial study that few if any current psychologists agree with. They subsequently took the video down alongside another video that depicts the European migrant crisis in 2015.[7]


  1. ^ "Google Translate". translate.google.ca. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  2. ^ "About". Kurzgesagt. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Kurzgesagt". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  4. ^ "kurz - Wiktionary". en.wiktionary.org. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  5. ^ "sagen - Wiktionary". en.wiktionary.org. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  6. ^ "In a Nutshell – Kurzgesagt - The Shorty Awards". shortyawards.com. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  7. ^ Kurzgesagt. "Can You Trust Kurzgesagt Videos?". YouTube. Retrieved 12 March 2019.

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