In European terms, Germany is massive. Geographically the country is located very centrally as streams of trucks on the motorways (Autobahnen) show. And in size, it is not among the big three together with France, Sweden and Spain but larger than Italy, Poland and Finland.
Its population numbers over eighty million. Demographic difficulties are already programmed for the future with numbers of aged and frail people rapidly approaching a critical mass. Moves to allow larger numbers of younger professionals from abroad are still sluggish, so young nationals need to be prepared to foot the bill.
The economy is traditionally strong with exports leading the world and “Made in Germany” proving to be ever popular. Industry outdoes services to the chagrin of the rest of the members of the European Union. Imbalances in economies continue to weaken popularity of the “German way” amongst neighbours.
The country is also stunning. Majestic rivers weave in all directions through rolling hills, wide valleys and near rich, deep forests. Stretching from the mountains in the south to the coast in the north, history and the federal system has benefited a landscape full of beautiful cities.