Culture Of German Culture

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German culture has spanned throughout the entire German-speaking world. From its roots, culture in Germany has been molded by major intellectual and popular currents in Europe, both religious and secular. Historically Deutschland has been called Das Land der Dichter und Denker (the country of poets and thinkers) (Wasser, 2006). Germany is in the middle of Europe, not only geographically, but also in terms of politics and economics. The country is Europe's second most populated after Russia, with more than 81 million people. The German economy is the largest on the continent and the fifth largest in the world after Japan. While German exerts its influence on the countries that border it — Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland and Poland — all of these cultures have, in varying degrees, had a hand in molding today’s Germany.
The population is 91.5 percent German, with Turkish being the second largest ethnic group at 2.4 percent. The remaining 6.1 percent is made up mostly of those of Greek, Russian, Italian, Polish, Serbo-Croatian and Spanish descent (Zimmermann, 2015).
Culture is precisely related to language in many different ways. When a person uses language what is said and how it is said is contributed by the person’s culture. During some cultures, the past influences language. Other languages are molded with the current beliefs of the culture. The German language has gone through three different periods each

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