Germany, (officially: the Federal Republic of Germany), (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is the largest country in Central Europe. Germany is a federation of 16 states, each with its own distinct and unique culture. If you have perceptions of Germany as homogeneous, it will surprise you with its regions and diversity.
Germany is an economic powerhouse. It has the largest population and biggest economy in Europe, and is the world's largest exporter. Geographically, however, its size is small compared with many other powerful nations in the world. Germany is a federalist country with a highly decentralized structure and has several large cities. The capital Berlin is not as dominant over the rest of the nation as say London is in the United Kingdom or Paris in France. Nevertheless, it has been touted as one of the world's most fashionable big cities since the early 90's.
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