The Country and its People

Articles and Interviews

Helping instead of paying rent

Students have little money for expensive rents; elderly people often live alone in large apartments. The concept of “Living for Help” solves both problems by bringing together students and elderly people.

This is the way the federal elections work

On 24 September 2017, 61.5 million eligible voters will elect the 19th Bundestag. We explain why every citizen has two votes and present the most important facts about the German electoral system.

Germany’s favourite holiday plans

Germans’ most popular holiday destination is Germany. Most Germans like to go to the North Sea or the Baltic Sea, the Alps or the Alpine foothills with their many lakes. But plenty of Germans also travel to other countries. So many, in fact, that they are only outdone as the world’s most eager travel nation by China, the world champion of travelers. 

Humour in Germany

What do Germans laugh about?

Even Mark Twain testified that there was a problem with German humour: “A German joke is no laughing matter.” But are Germans really so unfunny, or is that nothing but prejudice here? Journalist Johannes Göbel set out to search for traces. Here are the results.

Discover Germany

Beautiful hiking trails

Come along on a tour through Germany and get to know four of the nicest German hiking trails: on the island of Rügen, in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, alongside the river Mosel and on the Hermannshöhen.