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Germany is one of 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...
- ... that the late Gothic church St. Lamberti (pictured) in Hildesheim was rebuilt after destruction in World War II, but a southern annex was kept in ruins as a memorial?
- ... that the East German Communist Party and the West German Social Democratic Party could both trace their lineage back to the 19th century Social Democratic Workers' Party of Germany?
- ... that Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, who was able to play Bach's Das Wohltemperierte Clavier from memory as a teenager, studied composition with Bach's sons and the violin in Italy?
- ... that Bach's first cantata for the feast of the Ascension, Wer da gläubet und getauft wird, BWV 37, omits the topic of the Ascension and derives from the quoted Gospel (Mark 16:16) Lutheran thoughts?
- ... that Beethoven improvised for an hour on piano to comfort Dorothea von Ertmann, his student and possible Immortal Beloved, over the death of her son?
- ... that former Gewandhaus organist Matthias Eisenberg was made an honorary professor in 2003 by the Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein for his contributions to organ music?
- ... that Thomas Gabriel (pictured) composed the Missa mundi for World Youth Day 2005, representing the continents in style and instrumentation with pan flute, sitar, drums and didgeridoo?
- ... that Wilhelm Busch, who created Max und Moritz in 1865, has been considered a forefather of comics?
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