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Germany is a Western European country with a terrain of vast forests, rivers and mountain ranges, and 2 millennia of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to thriving art and nightlife scenes, iconic Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and cavernous beer halls, including 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank.
Germany is a country in west-central Europe, which stretches from the Alps, across the North European Plain to the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Germany has the second largest population in Europe and is seventh largest in area.
Germany is the largest national economy in Europe, the fourth-largest by nominal GDP in the world, and fifth by GDP (PPP). The country is a founding member of the European Union and the Eurozone. The economic model of Germany is based on the concept of the social market economy.
Germany is a land of ideas and a hub for cutting-edge research and also the most innovative countries worldwide. Germany is internationally renowned for research institutions, such as the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association and the Leibniz Association.
So far Germany has produced 103 Noble Laureates in the fields of chemistry, physics, literature, peace, physiology or medicine. When it comes to Agriculture Germany seeks to become the European leader in plant biotechnology and plant breeding by 2015. The government’s “Competence Networks in Agricultural and Nutrition Research” competition aims to pool the strengths of the country’s best agricultural research institutions. Leading universities like Technische Universität München, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, and Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg has been publishing many articles in various Agriculture journals worldwide. In the flat terrain of northern Germany and especially in the eastern portions, cereals and sugar beets are grown. Elsewhere, with the terrain hillier and even mountainous, farmers produce vegetables, milk, pork, or beef. Almost all large cities are surrounded by fruit orchards and vegetable farms.