Germany exerts its influence on the countries that border it Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland and Poland. All of these countries’ cultures have had, in varying degrees, a hand in shaping today’s Germany.
The population is 91.5 percent German, with Turkish being the second largest ethnic group at 2.4 percent, according to the World Factbook.
Unsurprisingly, the official language of the country is German.
More than 95 percent of the population speaks German as their first language, according to Angelo State University's’ Center for International Studies.
Germans have made tremendous contributions to classical music, and the traditions of famous German or Austrian composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner and Gustav Mahler live on today