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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...
, (born January 3, 1969, in Michael Schumacher Hürth Hermülheim, Germany) is a former Formula One driver, and seven-time world champion. According to the official Formula One website, he is "statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen". He is the first German to win the Formula One World championship and is credited with popularising Formula One in Germany.
After winning two championships with
Benetton, Schumacher moved to Ferrari in 1996 and won five consecutive drivers' titles with them from 2000-2004. Schumacher holds many records in Formula One, including most drivers' championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season. Schumacher is the first and only Formula One driver to have an entire season of podium finishes (2002). His driving sometimes created controversy: he was twice involved in collisions that determined the outcome of the world championship, most notably his disqualification from the 1997 championship for causing a collision with Jacques Villeneuve. After the 2006 Formula One season Schumacher retired from race driving. Off the track, Schumacher is an ambassador for UNESCO and a spokesman for driver safety. He has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts throughout his life. More...
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Did you know ...
... that both
expressionist dancer and Clotilde von Derp her husband (pictured) were known for their transvestite costumes? ... that runner
represented Germany in three Olympic Games, broke Olympic records and set a world record, but never won an Olympic medal? Marie Dollinger ... that
, prima ballerina of the Stuttgart Ballet under Birgit Keil John Cranko, inspired international choreographers such as Kenneth MacMillan, John Neumeier and Heinz Spoerli? ... that on
, Berlin celebrities are buried in forest landscape, including chancellor Waldfriedhof Zehlendorf Willy Brandt and ballet dancer Tatjana Gsovsky? ... that German professor
led the committee that investigated the killing of German prisoners-of-war in World War II? Erich Maschke ... that the
dance school was moved by the Nazis to smaller premises? Hertha Feist ... that
, prima ballerina in Munich remembered as Konstanze Vernon Giselle, created and directed an academy in memory of her ballet partner Heinz Bosl? ... that during its centenary season, the
premiered an opera, Theater Kiel Cristóbal Halffter's Lázaro, in the 1907 Opernhaus?
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