The Country and its People

Articles and Interviews

Infographics: Differences West and East Germany

Even nearly three decades after reunification, the new states still have more unemployment and better child-care. Our infographics show where there are still differences between East and West today. 

Measuring the German soul

72 percent of Germans sing aloud in the car. And Germany’s most popular fast-food dish is the doner kebab sandwich – 400 million pitas filled with meat and salad are sold every year! This and other remarkable facts have been collected and published in a book by author and film-maker Christian Heynen.

City and Country Life

Town Mouse or Country Mouse?

Everyone has their own idea of the best place to live. The Goethe-Institut asked four Germany why they have chosen to live in the countryside or in the city. What about you? Are you a town mouse or country mouse?

Urban versus rural living

77 percent of people live in cities or urban areas, while only 15 percent live in villages with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants. But are big cities really thriving and villages are dying out? The situation is not quite that simple. Here are some facts and trends about urban and rural living in Germany.