Description of the country: Officially the Federal Republic of Germany or FRG is a federal parliamentary republic in West-Central Europe. It includes 16 constituent states, covers an area of 357,021 square kilometres (137,847 sq mi), and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. Its capital and largest city is Berlin. With about 81.5 million inhabitants, Germany is the most populous member state of the European Union. After the United States, it is the second most popular migration destination in the world.
Geography of the country: Germany is in Western and Central Europe, with Denmark bordering to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria to the southeast, Switzerland to the south-southwest, France, Luxembourg and Belgium lie to the west, and the Netherlands to the northwest. It lies mostly between latitudes 47° and 55° N and longitudes 5° and 16° E. Germany is also bordered by the North Sea and, at the north-northeast, by the Baltic Sea. With Switzerland and Austria, Germany also shares a border on the fresh-water Lake Constance, the third largest lake in Central Europe. German territory covers 357,021 km2 (137,847 sq mi), consisting of 349,223 km2 (134,836 sq mi) of land and 7,798 km2 (3,011 sq mi) of water. It is the seventh largest country by area in Europe and the 62nd largest in the world.
Status of economy, research and development: Being home to the modern car, the automotive industry in Germany is regarded as one of the most competitive and innovative in the world, and is the fourth largest by production. The top 10 exports of Germany are vehicles, machinery, chemical goods, electronic products, electrical equipments, pharmaceuticals, transport equipments, basic metals, food products, and rubber and plastics.
Pulmonology: In the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) scientists find the opportunity for such research projects. The DZHK offers them a collaborative framework to jointly implement research ideas - better and faster than they were able to do so previously. The most important goal of the DZHK is to make research findings available as quickly as possible to all patients in Germany and to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. To achieve this, with the founding of the DZHK German cardiovascular research has completely repositioned itself. Twenty-six research institutions at seven partner sites located throughout Germany are joining forces and developing a joint research strategy. These sites and their scientists were selected in a competition initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). International experts judged them as the best in the field of cardiovascular research in Germany.