Germany (DE)

A republic with an area of 137,838 square miles (357,000 square kilometers) and a population (1994) of 81 million. It is bordered by Denmark on the north; the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France on the west; Switzerland and Austria on the south; and the Czech Republic and Poland on the east. Approximately 45 percent of the population is Protestant and 37 percent is Catholic. Historical Background. Germans are successors of the ancient Teutonic tribes that inhabited Northern Europe at the time Caesar marched north of the Alps in the middle of the first century B.C. As early as the first century A.D. the Roman historian Tacitus wrote a book entitled Germania , in which he described the territory north of the Alps. The origin of Germany can be traced to Charlemagne, who united much o...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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