Bundesrepublik Deutschland or the Federal Republic of Germany is a European country situated at the western region of central Europe. Germany is considered as the seventh largest country in the whole of continent of Europe when it comes to size (with a total area of 357,021 sq km) and is the second largest when it comes to population (with a population size of 82,400,996 as of July 2007), among any member state of the European Union.
What is interesting about Germany is that it is found in the middle of diverse climates, regions and areas. It is in between European countries more closely concerned with the sea in the west such as France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands. While at the eastern side of Germany can be found countries situated within the European continent and a little far away from the oceans and seas such as the Czech Republic and Poland.
It is a country of sea coasts, mountain ranges and wide sloping plains where one can find shores opening up to the Baltic Sea and North Sea as well as the towering Bavarian Alps and several other mountain ranges. Germany is also an interestingly diverse area when it comes to climate, situated between the cold northern regions of Europe and the warmer south of Europe.
Germany is also known as one of the most affluent countries in the world, not to mention it is also one of the very few technological powers among the world's nations. Due to the high standards of living, the existence of a progressive social security system and the many scientific and technological accomplishments of Germany, its economy have grown significantly and is now known as the third largest economy in all the world.
Because of the many states, cities, princedoms and even monarchies that survived and predominated Germany for hundreds of years, forming a unified and whole country became a rather difficulty feat to accomplish. Unlike other countries where there usually can be found a single city considered more important and more influential than all the others in the country, Germany has several distinctly important and influential cities and states within it.